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  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $73.67
  • July 2002
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-97655-7
  • 2064 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

English Renaissance Drama

A Norton Anthology


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David Bevington (General Editor, University of Chicago), Lars Engle (Editor, University of Tulsa), Katharine Eisaman Maus (Editor, University of Virginia), Eric Rasmussen (Editor, University of Nevada, Reno)


The most extensive new collection in this field published in more than three decades, English Renaissance Drama: A Norton Anthology surveys the astonishing, and astonishingly varied, dramatic works written and performed in Elizabethan and Jacobean England.

Popular in their own time, the 27 plays included here—by Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, John Webster, Thomas Middleton, among many others—reveal why these playwrights’ achievements, like Shakespeare’s, deserve reading, teaching, and performing afresh in our time. Edited by a team of exceptional scholars and teachers, this anthology opens an extraordinary tradition in drama to new readers and audiences.


27 Freshly Edited and Annotated Texts

The editors’ choice of texts reflects recent discoveries and trends in critical editing. Spelling and punctuation have been consistently modernized, and helpful stage directions are added in brackets. Annotations and editing pay special attention to staging and to the play as scripts for theatrical performance.

Student-friendly Play Introductions

The introduction to each play discusses current critical approaches (feminist, new historicist) while providing basic information about context, structure, plot, and character.

Ample Help for Students

English Renaissance Drama includes the following aids for students:

  • For each play English Renaissance Drama offers a carefully glossed and annotated text, textual notes, a variant list, and a selected bibliography.
  • Maps labeled with places referred to in the plays: London; its environs; the British Isles; Western Europe; and the Eastern Hemisphere in the Early Modern Period. A diagram of an Elizabethan playhouse is also included.
  • Over 30 black and white illustrations.
  • An extensive bibliography.

The Norton Anthology Format

English Renaissance Drama offers a single-column text with marginal glosses, which makes reading more enjoyable and facilitates understanding.


    General Introduction, by Katherine Eisaman Maus and David Bevington

    The Plays

    Thomas Kyd, The Spanish Tragedy

    John Lyly, Endymion

    Robert Greene, Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay

    Christopher Marlowe

    1. Tamburlaine, Part I
    2. Doctor Faustus, A-Text
    3. The Jew of Malta
    4. Edward II

    Anonymous, Arden of Feversham

    Thomas Dekker, The Shoemaker’s Holiday

    John Marston, The Malcontent

    Elizabeth Cary, The Tragedy of Mariam

    Ben Jonson

    1. Volpone
    2. Epicene
    3. The Alchemist
    4. Bartholomew Fair

    Francis Beaumont, The Knight of the Burning Pestle

    Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, The Maid’s Tragedy

    John Fletcher, The Woman’s Prize

    Thomas Middleton (?), The Revenger’s Tragedy

    Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker, The Roaring Girl

    Thomas Middleton

    1. A Chaste Maid in Cheapside
    2. Women Beware Women

    Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, The Changeling

    John Webster

    1. The White Devil
    2. The Duchess of Malfi

    Philip Massinger, A New Way to Pay Old Debts

    John Ford, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore