Thomas Kydâs highly influential and popular revenge play is now available in a richly documented and critically engaging Norton Critical Edition.The freshly edited and annotated text comes with a full introduction and illustrative materials intended for student readers.
The Spanish Tragedy was well known to sixteenth-century audiences, and its central elementsâa play-within-a-play and a ghost bent on revengeâare widely believed to have influenced Shakespeareâs Hamlet. This volume includes a generous selection of supporting materials, among them Kydâs likely sources (Virgil, Jacques Yver, and the anonymous âThe Earl of Leicester Betrays His Own Servantâ), Thomas Nasheâs satiric criticism of Kyd, Michel de Montaigne and Francis Bacon on revenge, and âThe Ballad of The Spanish Tragedy,â which suggests the playâs initial reception.
âCriticismâ is thematically organized to provide readers with a clear sense of the playâs major themes. Contributors include Michael Hattaway, Jonas A. Barish, Donna B. Hamilton, G. K. Hunter, Lorna Hutson, Molly Smith, J. R. Mulryne, T. McAlindon, and Andrew Sofer.
A Selected Bibliography is also included.
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