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A Game at Chess

Thomas Middleton

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A Game at Chess by Thomas Middleton
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For many years Middleton's "A Game at Chess" was more notorious than read, considered rather a phenomenon of theatrical history than a pre-eminent piece of dramatic writing. "A Game at Chess" was a nine days' wonder, an exceptional play of King James' reign on account of its unprecedented representation of matters of state usually forbidden on the stage. The King's Men performed the play uninterruptedly between 5th and 14th August, 1624 at their Globe Theatre, attracting large audiences, before the Privy Council closed the theatre by the King's command. More recently, growing interest in the connections of economics and politics with authorship have promoted readings that locate the play so firmly within its historical context as propaganda that, again, its worthwhile literary and theatrical qualities are neglected. In writing "A Game at Chess", Middleton employed the devices of the neoclassical comedy of intrigue within the matrix of the traditional oral play. What might have seemed old-fashioned allegory was rejuvenated by his adoption of the fashionable game of chess as the fiction within which the play was set. The product of Middleton's experienced craftsmanship is at once deceptively simple and surprisingly complex. -- .

Author Biography

T.H. Howard-Hill is C. Wallace Martin Professor of English at the University of South Carolina.
Release date NZ
February 13th, 1997
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Manchester University Press
Pages
240
Dimensions
138x216x12
ISBN-13
9780719016349
Product ID
1832015

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