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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

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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

GEORGE PEELE.
David and Bethsabe

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE.
Lust's Dominion
First Part of Tamburlaine
Edward II.
Jew of Malta
Doctor Faustus

ROBERT Tailor.
Hog hath lost his Pearl

ANTHONY BREWER. Lingua

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Merry Devil of Edmonton

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THOMAS DECKER.
Old Fortunatus
First part of the Honest Whore ,
Second part of the Honest Whore
Satiro-mastix

THOMAS DeckER AND JOHN WEBSTER.
Westward Hoe

John Marston.
Antonio and Mellida
Antonio's Revenge
Malcontent
Wonder of Women
Insatiate Countess
What You Will

George CHAPMAN.
Cæsar and Pompey
Bussy D'Ambois
Byron's Conspiracy
Byron's Tragedy

THOMAS HEYWOOD.
Challenge for Beauty
Royal King and Loyal Subject
Woman Killed with Kindness
English Traveller

THOMAS HEYWOOD AND RICHARD BROOME.
Late Lancashire Witches

THOMAS MIDDLETON AND WILLIAM ROWLEY.
Fair Quarrel

William Rowley.
All's Lost by Lust
Woman never Vext.

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152 More Dissemblers besides Women

158 No Wit Help like a Woman's

161 Witch

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

272 Mustapha

284 BENJAMIN JONSON. Case is Altered

297 Poetaster

301 Sad Shepherd

312 Sejanus

315 Catiline ,

317 New Inn

321 Alchemist

327 Volpone

334 FRANCIS

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