Edward II: With Related Texts (Hackett Classics)

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"This exciting new edition of Edward II is indeed reader friendly. Of particular distinction are the introductory sections which include a thorough account of Marlowe's biography, a fresh critical examination of the play, plus a bibliography for further reading; a wise consideration of the date and text; and extensive annotations, especially helpful to students who have difficulties with the language. Of special value to both students and scholars are the Related Texts that follow the text of the play: three sections of documentary evidence on historical sources; power and politics; and love, friendship, and homoeroticism--all vital to an understanding of the play. No previous edition of the play manages to encompass so much." --Robert A. Logan, University of Hartford

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Marlowe's Edward II has received quite a bit of attention lately, both by scholars and theatre companies. The play's treatment of sexuality, its importance in the development of the history play in English drama, and its beautiful verse have helped to raise it to a status equal to Marlowe's other great plays. Lynch's excellent edition of the play therefore comes at a very fortuitous time. Lynch has made the play extremely accessible to beginning readers of Marlowe. The text is laid out attractively on the page, with mostly complete names for speech prefixes and a hanging indent for multiline speeches. Implied stage directions are written out clearly, but not intrusively. Marginal glosses are often quite useful for the inexperienced reader. . . . Spelling, in both the play text and in the accompanying historical texts, is modernized, and the text is indeed a pleasure to read. The introduction to the play is also extremely useful. . . . Sections of the introduction mention themes such as 'unruly nobles' and 'friendship and love,' but, again, the final interpretation is left to the reader; the last section of the introduction is headed 'Royal Sodomite or Saintly Martyr?' Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this volume comes at the end, where the 'Related Texts' are gathered. The inclusion of the relevant passages from Holinshed's Chronicles is useful. . . . It was a pleasant surprise to see some of the classical texts with which Marlowe was familiar, such as Plato's Symposium and Cicero's Of Friendship . [F]or undergraduates and for the general public (especially with the accessible price of the paperback edition) this edition of Edward II should remain a valuable resource of many years. Joseph F. Stephenson, Abilene Christian University, in Sixteenth Century Journal "Throughout his helpful Introduction, Lynch directs his readers to portions of the 'Related Texts' included later in the volume. Lynch puts his view of the text into practice in a thoroughly annotated, modernized edition of the tragedy. The final portion of the Lynch's edition offers fifty pages of very helpful contextual materials that fall under three headings: 'Historical Sources,' 'Power and Politics,' and 'Love, Friendship, and Homoeroticism.' Taken together, these supplemental readings should help undergraduates get a sense of the cultural stakes of the charged political atmosphere in Marlowe's tragedy and his treatment of Edward's love of Galveston. A good option for teachers who want to give their undergraduates an affordable paperback edition of Marlowe's tragedy." Andrew Fleck, University of Texas, El Paso, in Comitatus "This exciting new edition of Edward II is indeed reader friendly. Of particular distinction are the introductory sections which include a thorough account of Marlowe's biography, a fresh critical examination of the play, plus a bibliography for further reading; a wise consideration of the date and text; and extensive annotations, especially helpful to students who have difficulties with the language. Of special value to both students and scholars are the Related Texts that follow the text of the play: three sections of documentary evidence on historical sources; power and politics; and love, friendship, and homoeroticismall vital to an understanding of the play. No previous edition of the play manages to encompass so much." Robert A. Logan, University of Hartford

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Depicting with shocking openness the sexual and political violence of its central characters' fates, Edward the Second broke new dramatic ground in English theatre. The play charts the tragic rise and fall of the medieval English monarch Edward the Second, his favourite Piers Gaveston, and their ambitious opponents Queen Isabella and Mortimer Jr., and is an important cultural, as well as dramatic, document of the early modern period.

This modernized and fully annotated Broadview Edition is prefaced by a critical but student-oriented introduction and followed by ample appendix material, including extended selections from Marlowe's historical sources, texts bearing on the play's complex sexual and political dynamics, and excerpts from contemporary poet Michael Drayton's epic rendition of Edward the Second's reign.

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