Elizabethan Drama II: The Five Foot Shelf of Classics, Vol. XLVII (in 51 volumes) by Thomas DekkerPhilip MassingerCharles W. Eliot (Editor) Elizabethan Drama II: The Five Foot Shelf of Classics, Vol. XLVII (in 51 volumes)
by Thomas Dekker
Philip Massinger
Charles W. Eliot (Editor)

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Editorial Review
Originally published between 1909 and 1917 under the name "Harvard Classics," this stupendous 51-volume set-a collection of the greatest writings from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology-was assembled by American academic CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926), Harvard University's longest-serving president. Also known as "Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," it represented Eliot's belief that a basic liberal education could be gleaned by reading from an anthology of works that could fit on five feet of bookshelf. Volume XLVII features a selection of Elizabethan drama spanning the breadth of that newly mature domain: • The Shoemaker's Holiday, a 1599 comedy of manners and romance by THOMAS DEKKER (1572-1632) • The Alchemist, the 1610 play considered the best comedy by BEN JONSON (1572-1637) • Philaster, by FRANCIS BEAUMONT (1584-1616) and JOHN FLETCHER (1579-1625), a tragicomedy dating from around 1610 • The Duchess of Malfi, by JOHN WEBSTER (c. 1580-c. 1634), a violent, tragic horror tale • A New Way to Pay Old Debts, the 1625 satire by PHILIP MASSINGER (1583-1640), which invented a villain-Sir Giles Overreach-who endured to become a 19th-century icon

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  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics
  • ISBN-10: 1-61640-170-2
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-61640-170-2
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  • Published on: May 01, 2010
  • Number of items: 1
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 464 pages

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