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The tragedy of Mariam, the fair queen of Jewry /
Elizabeth Cary, Lady Falkland. With, The Lady Falkland : her life / by one of her daughters ; edited by Barry Weller and Margaret W. Ferguson.
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1994.
description
xii, 328 p. : ill., facsim.
ISBN
0520079671 (alk. paper) 0520079698 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1994.
isbn
0520079671 (alk. paper) 0520079698 (pbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
435761
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 317-328)
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"This landmark edition . . . will be invaluable to scholars, teachers, and students."--Carol Thomas Neely, author ofBroken Nuptials in Shakespeare's Plays
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"This landmark edition . . . will be invaluable to scholars, teachers, and students."--Carol Thomas Neely, author of Broken Nuptials in Shakespeare's Plays
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-09:
Elizabeth Cary (Lady Henry Falkland), c. 1585-1639, wrote the first original play by a woman published in England, The Tragedy of Mariam, The Fair Queen of Jewry (1613). She was also the first English woman writer to be the subject of a biography, The Lady Falkland: Her Life (written 1643-49, first published in 1861). Weller and Ferguson have edited these two works (in one volume) with such exquisite care and enthusiastic appreciation that they should become definitive editions. The Life seems more interesting than The Tragedy of Mariam, a bewildering closet drama about Herod the Great's second wife, based on the Antiquities of Josephus and written in turgid rhyme. Though it may illuminate concerns of 17th-century women, Lady Falkland's own life is far more dramatic. Fascinating anecdotes about her reveal a lovable, exasperating, strong, pious, and learned woman. ("She had read very exceeding much.") With an excellent introduction, full textual and content notes, and several bibliographies usefully arranged by subject, this work is a fine example of the many recent publications which recover the lives of relatively unknown women and their literary contributions. All levels. J. M. Green; Kent State University
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Main Description
The Tragedy of Mariam(1613) is the first original play by a woman to be published in England, and its author is the first English woman writer to be memorialized in a biography, which is included with this edition of the play. Mariamis a distinctive example of Renaissance drama that serves the desire of today's readers and scholars to know not merely how women were represented in the early modern period but also how they themselves perceived their own condition. With this textually emended and fully annotated edition, the play will now be accessible to all readers. The accompanying biography of Cary further enriches our knowledge of both domestic and religious conflicts in the seventeenth century.
Long Description
The Tragedy of Mariam (1613) is the first original play by a woman to be published in England, and its author is the first English woman writer to be memorialized in a biography, which is included with this edition of the play. Mariam is a distinctive example of Renaissance drama that serves the desire of today's readers and scholars to know not merely how women were represented in the early modern period but also how they themselves perceived their own condition. With this textually emended and fully annotated edition, the play will now be accessible to all readers. The accompanying biography of Cary further enriches our knowledge of both domestic and religious conflicts in the seventeenth century.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introductionp. 1
Elizabeth Cary's Life and Worksp. 3
Subtexts and Contents for Mariamp. 17
Josephus and Jewish Materialsp. 17
Biblical and Historical Herodsp. 20
Mystery Play Herodsp. 22
Continental and Classicizing Dramas about Herod and Mariamp. 23
English "Closet" Dramasp. 26
The "Social Text" of Henry VIII's Divorcep. 30
Cary's Mariamp. 35
The Chorus and Conventional Wisdomp. 35
Structure and Characterizationp. 38
Mariam and Shakespearep. 41
The Texts of Mariam and the Lifep. 43
The 1613 Quarto of Mariamp. 43
The Manuscript of The Lady of Falkland: Her Lifep. 47
Editorial Proceduresp. 48
Notes to the Introductionp. 51
The Tragedy of Mariam
Historical Background to the Events in the Playp. 63
The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewryp. 65
Notes to the Playp. 151
The Lady Falkland
Chronology of Elizabeth Cary's Life and Worksp. 179
The Lady Falkland: Her Life, by One of Her Daughtersp. 183
Appendix A: Passages from Lodge's Translation of Josephus (1602)p. 277
Appendix B: Textual Collation for Mariamp. 283
Selected Bibliographyp. 317
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