‘It is something of a treat to find a book-length study devoted to [Thomas] Heywood’s long career as a professional dramatist’

Margaret Jane Kidnie recently reviewed Richard Rowland’s book Thomas Heywood’s Theatre, 1599-1639 in the Times Literary Supplement (15th July 2011 issue).

From the review:

Despite a substantial extant corpus of dramatic and other works and his (probably self-aggrandizing) claim to have had ‘an entire hand, or at the least a main finger’ in over 220 plays written for the early modern English stage, Thomas Heywood has suffered relative critical and theatrical neglect. It is therefore something of a treat to find a book-length study entirely devoted to Heywood’s long career as a professional dramatist. Thomas Heywood’s Theatre, 1599-1639 moves from “English Landscapes” of 1599-1605, to the adaptations of Roman comedy written in the decade up to 1634, to the Lord Mayor’s shows of the 1630s. From the dozen or so works Richard Rowland studies emerges a new picture of Heywood as an innovative and learned playwright whose attitudes towards the politics and aesthetics of the Stuart court were, at best, sceptical.

Thomas Heywood's Theatre, 1599–1639

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