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the only dramatic poets of that age who are entitled to be considered after Shakspeare, and to exhibit them in the same volume with the more impressive scenes of old Marlowe, Heywood, Tourneur, Webster, Ford, and others. To shew what we have slighted, while beyond all proportion we have cried up one or two favourite
The specimens are not accompanied with any thing in the shape of biographical notices.* I had nothing of consequence to add to the slight sketches in Dodsley and the Biographia Dramatica, and I was unwilling to swell the volume with mere transcription. The reader will not fail to observe from the frequent instances of two or. more persons joining in the composition of the same play (the noble practice of those times), that of most of the writers contained in these selections it may be strictly said, that they were contemporaries. The whole period, from the middle of Elizabeth's reign to the close of the reign of Charles I., comprizes a space of little more than half a century, within which time nearly all that we have of excellence in serious dramatic composition was produced, if we except the Samson Agonistes of Milton.
The few notes which are interspersed will be found to be chiefly critical.
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THOMAS KYD. Spanish Tragedy
ANTHONY BREWER. Lingua
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THOMAS DeckER AND JOHN WEBSTER.
THOMAS HEYWOOD AND RICHARD BROOME.
THOMAS MIDDLETON AND WILLIAM ROWLEY.
TABLE OF REFERENCE TO THE EXTRACTS.
Page Women beware Women
152 More Dissemblers besides Women
158 No Wit Help like a Woman's
164 William Rowley, Thomas Decker, John Ford, &c. Witch of Edmonton
175 CYRIL TOURNEUR. Atheist's Tragedy
179 Revenger's Tragedy
183 John Webster. Devil's Law Case
197 Appius and Virginia
201 Duchess of Malfy
205 White Devil
219 John FORD. Lover's Melancholy
235 Ladies' Trial
237 Love's Sacrifice
238 Perkin Warbeck
241 Tis pity She's a Whore
245 Broken Heart
253 SAMUEL DANIEL. Hymen's Triumph
266 FuLke GREVILLE. Alaham
284 BENJAMIN JONSON. Case is Altered
301 Sad Shepherd
315 Catiline ,
317 New Inn