Threshold of a nation : a study in English and Irish Drama


    • Edwards, Philip


Threshold of a nation : a study in English and Irish Drama

Philip Edwards

Cambridge University Press, 1979

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Includes bibliographical references and index



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  • List of plates
  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction: the King's threshold
  • Part I. Shakespeare's England: 2. A superfluous sort of men: the rise and fall of the professional theatre
  • 3. Astraea and Chrisoganus
  • 4. Nation and empire
  • 5. The hidden King: Shakespeare's history plays
  • 6. Ben Jonson
  • 7. The royal pretenders: Ford's Perkin Warbeck and Massinger's Believe As You List
  • Part II. Yeats's Ireland: 8. Our Irish theatre
  • 9. A play-house in the waste: George Moore and the Irish theatre
  • 10. Nothing is concluded Sean O'Casey, Denis Johnston and Brendan Behan
  • Notes
  • Index.

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