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The Review of English Studies back issues
Characterization in 'Mansfield Park': Tom Bertram and Colman's The Heir at Law.
November 1, 1998... Critics have long recognized the significance of Lovers' Vows to the main plot of Mansfield Park, but, surprisingly, have overlooked the implications of the other plays considered for private performance. In particular, Austen seems to be making a point by having Tom Bertram insist...
Mea culpa: Voltaire's retraction of his comments critical of Congreve.
November 1, 1998... The invocation of Voltaire's report of his meeting with William Congreve is something of a ritual for those disappointed by what they understand of Congreve's later career. Pique at the alleged failure of The Way of the World and his consequent distaste for the theatre as being beneath him...
The sources of musical settings of Thomas Carew's poetry.
November 1, 1998... There has been much written in recent times on the crucial importance of manuscript evidence for editing, reading, and discussing seventeenth-century poetry. This has served as a corrective to the tendency of previous scholars to focus on printed texts as the basis of both literary and...
Spenser, Seneca, and the Sibyl: Book V of The Faeirie Queene.
November 1, 1998... In the Proem to Book V of the Faerie Queene, Spenser relates the degeneration of mankind since antiquity to the changes that have taken place in the heavens over the same period. For who so list into the heauens looke, And search the courses of the rowling spheares, Shall find that from...
'A talkatiue wench (whose words a world hath delighted in)': mistress shore and Elizabethan complaint.(three versions of the story of Edward IV's mistress Jane Shore)
November 1, 1998... In scene xi of the anonymous True Tragedy of Richard III (printed in 1594), the disgraced Mistress Shore appears as a beggar suing to her previous clients for relief. The most interesting exchange occurs with the courtier Lodowicke, who recognizes her and reflects to himself: A gods...