The Humorous Magistrate (Osborne)

Edited by Jacqueline Jenkins and Mary Polito

The Humorous Magistrate (Osborne)
Hardcover -
  • Price: £50.00
  • ISBN: 9780719087011
  • Publish Date: Nov 2011
  • Publisher: The Malone Society
  • Buy Now £50.00

    Delivery Exc. North and South America


    Delivery to North and South America

    Click Here to Buy from Your Preferred Bookseller

    Book Information

    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8701-1
    • Pages: 57
    • Price: £50.00
    • Published Date: November 2011
    • Series: The Malone Society


    The Humorous Magistrate is a seventeenth-century satiric comedy extant in two highly distinctive manuscripts. The earliest and clearly working draft of the play is bound with three other plays (including The Emperor's Favourite, published by the Malone Society in 2010) in a volume in the library of the Newdigate family of Arbury Hall, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. This, the second version, showing yet another stage of revision not found in the Arbury manuscript and orientated towards performance, was purchased by the University of Calgary from the English antiquarian Edgar Osborne in 1972. The relationship between the manuscripts was discovered in 2005. The anonymous play has been attributed to John Newdigate III (1600-1642). Like The Emperor's Favourite, it takes aim at the court; its particular object of satire is governmental strategies under the Personal Rule of Charles I. The play appears in print for the first time in these separate editions. The volumes are illustrated with several plates, some provided for comparative purposes.


    'Offers a rare opportunity for comparative work...the chance to look at the play in two distinct forms adds many more questions to our understanding of play manuscripts, provincial literary and dramatic culture, and play transmission on the eve of the closing of the theatres.'
    Emma Smith, The TLS, 19 April 2013


    The play


    Jacqueline Jenkins is Professor of English at the University of Calgary|Mary Polito is Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of Arts at the University of Calgary

    The Humorous Magistrate (Osborne)

    Edited by Jacqueline Jenkins, Mary Polito

    Hardcover £50.00 / $74.95

    Or buy from your preferred bookseller:

    Amazon Waterstones Blackwells Bookshop

    Newsletter Sign Up

    Manchester University Press

    Your cart is empty.

    Select your shipping destination to estimate postage costs

    (Based on standard shipping costs)

    Final cost calculated on checkout
    Promotional codes can be added on Checkout