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The Devil's Charter

by Barnabe Barnes

Edited by Richard Proudfoot and H. R. Woudhuysen

The Devil's Charter
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  • Price: £45.00
  • ISBN: 9781526152398
  • Publish Date: Dec 2024
  • Publisher: The Malone Society
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    Book Information

    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5239-8
    • Pages: 182
    • Price: £45.00
    • Published Date: December 2024
    • Series: The Malone Society

    Description

    This Malone Society edition of Barnabe Barnes's The Devil's Charter (1607) is intended to supplement the important edition, published in 1904, of the play by R.B. McKerrow, the great editor of the works of Thomas Nashe. The new edition is based on a fresh examination of the twenty-three known copies of the quarto, which exhibit marked differences in relation to stop-press correction. The Introduction considers the play's printing history, its date and authorship, its performance, and later history. Particular attention is paid to the possibility that Robert Armin had a hand in several scenes in the play and to how Barnes's play may have come to be acted before King James I. Barnes is shown to have been familiar with Shakespeare's plays and, in particular, to have borrowed elements from Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, and All's Well that Ends Well.

    Contents

    Introduction
    The Quarto
    George Eld
    Stop-Press Corrections
    Setting the Play
    Printing the Play
    Stage Directions
    Speech-Prefixes
    Skeleton Formes and Type Shortages
    Compositors and the Nature of the Copy
    Date and authorship
    Revision and a Second Hand
    Performance
    Later History
    Modern Editions
    This Edition
    List of Roles
    Obscured and Damaged Readings
    Typographical Variants
    Appendix I: Library of Congress Copy, Sig. p2r l
    Appendix II: Shakespeare's Globe Copy, SIGS B3v-B4r
    The Text

    Editors

    G.R. Proudfoot was Professor of English at King's College London
    H.R. Woudhuysen is Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford

    The Devil's Charter

    Edited by Richard Proudfoot, H. R. Woudhuysen

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