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Chapman, George 1559?-1634

Works: 1,266 works in 4,939 publications in 5 languages and 64,882 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Poetry  Comedy plays  Biographies  Tragedies (Drama)  History  Epic fiction  Academic theses  Symphonic poems 
Subject Headings: Poets, English--Early modern 
Roles: Author, Translator, Other, Creator, tra
Classifications: PR2447, 822.3
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Most widely held works about George Chapman
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Most widely held works by George Chapman
Bussy D'Ambois by George Chapman( Book )

123 editions published between 1607 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 2,244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eastward ho by George Chapman( Book )

59 editions published between 1973 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This edition of Eastward Ho! is billed as the most authoritative and reliable to date. An extensive introduction examines the relationship between the three authors and the problem of their collaboration
The widow's tears by George Chapman( Book )

52 editions published between 1612 and 2013 in English and held by 1,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Widow's Tears is set on the island of Cyprus. Chapman gives his play an unusual structure, in that he treats his two plots consecutively, rather than concurrently and in alternation as in most two-plot plays. The first three acts are mainly devoted to the subplot, while the main plot takes over in the last two acts. The two plots are united by the involvement of two siblings, Lysander and Tharsalio. Tharsalio, the younger brother, is a romantic-comedy version of Chapman's tragic character Bussy D'Ambois -- he is a "capricous," "wild, corrupted youth." As the protagonist of the subplot, he schemes to repair his fortunes by marrying a wealthy widow, the countess Eudora. The countess has taken a vow never to remarry; nonetheless, she is courted (primarily for her money) by two contrasting suitors, Tharsalio and Rebus. Tharsalio is bold and forward, while Rebus is pompous yet timid. Tharsalio's method of wooing is unsubtle, and he is at first rejected -- which provokes his brother Lysander's caustic comments. Yet Tharsalio succeeds in his courtship through an extraordinary expedient: he sends the panderess Arsace to warn Eudora about...himself. Arcase tells Eudora of Tharsalio's reputation as a relentless womanizer. In the process, however, Arsace stresses Tharsalio's "manhood" and woman-pleasing capacities: "a goddess," she claims, "is not worthy of his sweetness." Tharsalio's plan is to mount a subtle arousal and temptation of Eudora's latent romantic and erotic desires. The plan is successful, and the third act closes with the marriage of Tharsalio and Eudora. The main plot of the last two acts (which draws upon the Ephesian Matron story in the Satyricon of Petronius Arbiter) provides a twist to the situation of the preceding subplot. In their conversations over his plans to woo Eudora, Tharsalio resents his brother's critical attitude; to pay him back, Tharsalio makes Lysander doubt his wife. Like Eudora, Lysander's wife Cynthia has vowed not to remarry if she is ever widowed. Tharsalio goads his brother on precisely this point, and Lysander is so provoked that he decides upon an extreme strategem. Lysander fakes his own death, spreading the false report that he has been killed by bandits while travelling; Cynthia, believing these false reports, is prostrate with grief. (Eudora's servant Lycus, a confidant of Lysander and Tharsalio who is aware of the plot, is the only one to protest its emotional cruelty: "men hunt hares to death for their sports, but the poor beasts die in earnest.") Lysander returns to the city, disguised as a soldier of the night watch, to see the result of his ruse. In a series of somewhat macabre graveyard scenes, the disguised Lysander finds Cynthia mourning at the family tomb, where she has gone without food or sleep for the past five days. He cajoles and persuades her to take food and wine, and exploits her emotional vulnerability to seduce her and persuade her to "marry" him. Tharsalio spies upon these events, without realizing that the soldier is Lysander in disguise; he triumphs is this apparent confirmation of his cynical attitude toward women. Lysander's disguise as a soldier has fooled others as well as Cynthia, and he is apprehended for neglecting his guard duty; and Lycus is suspected of murdering Lysander. The new Governor of Cyprus, an incompetent and arrogant fool, attempts to pass judgement on these matters and only confounds them further. The countess Eudora, widow of the previous governor, intercedes to pacify the Governor and repair his bungling. Lysander is revealed to be alive, which resolves the legal issue of his murder. Tharsalio convinces his brother to accept the outcome of his plotting with equanimity; he asserts that when Cynthia loved Lysander in his soldier disguise, she was merely being "a constant wife."
Chapman's Homer: the Iliad, the Odyssey and the lesser Homerica by Homer( Book )

33 editions published between 1956 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hero and Leander: begunne by Christopher Marloe, and finished by George Chapman by Christopher Marlowe( )

62 editions published between 1606 and 1622 in English and held by 1,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The works of Christopher Marlowe by Christopher Marlowe( Book )

2 editions published between 1910 and 1969 in English and held by 927 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For this edition the originals have been carefully recollated, and all doubtful places checked. Some eccentricities of typography have been normalized; but the spelling and punctuation of the first editions are substantially preserved. The textual notes give in a condensed form all variants of any importance. Each work is preceded by a brief critical introduction. -- From publisher's description
Eastward hoe by George Chapman( Book )

56 editions published between 1605 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Benjamin "Ben" Jonson was born in June, 1572. A contemporary of William Shakespeare, he is best known for his satirical plays; Volpone, The Alchemist, and Bartholomew Fair, and his equally accomplished lyric poems. A man of vast reading and a seemingly insatiable appetite for controversy, including time in jail and a penchant for switching faiths, Jonson had an unparalleled breadth of influence on Jacobean and Caroline playwrights and poets. In 1616 Jonson was appointed by King James I to receive a yearly pension of Đ60 to become what is recognized as the first official Poet Laureate. He died on the 6th of August, 1637 at Westminster and is buried in the north aisle of the nave at Westminster Abbey. A master of both playwriting and poetry his reputation continues to endure and reach a new audience with each succeeding generation
The gentleman usher by George Chapman( Book )

35 editions published between 1606 and 2011 in English and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story is set in an otherwise-unnamed duchy in Italy, ruled by Duke Alphonso. As the story opens, the Duke and his son and heir Prince Vincentio are both in love with the beautiful Margaret, the daughter of Earl Lasso. Alphonso's plan to marry the girl (though he is much too old for her) is supported by his court favorite Medice, a figure roundly disliked by the other characters. Medice is considered a poseur and vulgarian; though he masquerades as a great lord, he admits that he is illiterate. Vincentio's plan to marry Margaret himself is seconded by his close friend Lord Strozza, and Strozza's wife Cynanche. The two have a foolish nephew called Pogio who is the play's main clown
All fools by George Chapman( Book )

20 editions published between 1780 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chapman based the plot of All Fools on two classical Roman comedies by Terence, the Heauton Timorumenos and the Adelphoe.[7] As to be expected with Terentian and Terence-influenced comedy, the plot of All Fools centers on two old men and their children. The two seniors are knights of Florence named Gostanzo and Marc Antonio. Gostanzo is a brashly acquisitive and manipulative old man, an "old, politique, dissembling knight" who believes that "Honesty is but a defect of wit." In contrast, Marc Antonio is a mellower-tempered gentleman who follows a course of "simple honesty." Each of the knights has two children: Gostanzo is the father of a son, Valerio, and a daughter, Bellomora, while Marc Antonio has two sons, Fortunio and Rynaldo. Valerio has received the education appropriate to a young gentleman, though his father keeps him down on the farm, busy with the tasks of husbandry; and Bellomora is secluded at home. This inhibits the love lives of both young people. Valerio has entered into a secret marriage with the comely but poor Gratiana, yet cannot acknowledge his marriage publicly due to paternal opposition. Marc Antonio's elder son Fortunio is in love with Bellamora, but has no opportunity to court her. The nosy Gostanzo happens to catch sight of the group of young people, and notes Valerio and Gratiana together. As the others retreat, the witty young Rynaldo persuades Gostanzo that Gratiana is actually the secret wife of his brother Fortunio. Rynaldo manipulatively presses Gostanzo to keep the secret; Gostanzo agrees...and instantly goes to Marc Antonio to inform him. Marc Antonio is skeptical that his son is secretly married; in response Gostanzo talks up a tower of speculation and possibility, in which Marc Antonio's righteous indignation drives Fortunio to run off to the wars and lose various limbs. Gostanzo works up his own solution to this non-existent problem: Fortunio and Gratiana will come to live in Gostanzo's house, and Gostanzo will persuade Fortunio of the error of his ways. This plan, when carried out, gives the young people exactly what they want. Valerio and his wife Gratiana are under the same roof, under his father's nose; and Fortunio can woo Bellomora. Yet Gostanzo's busybody nature cannot rest; spying on his guests, he notes that his son Valerio is too affectionate with Fortunio's "wife" Gratiana. He cooks up a further plan, to send Gratiana to the house of her "father-in-law" Marc Antonio, to prevent Fortunio from being "cuckolded" in his (non-existent) marriage. Marc Antonio remains skeptical. Gostanzo is so sure he's right that when Valerio gives a deceptive confession of his marriage, Gostanzo thinks that his son is fooling with Marc Antonio and gives his son a facetious pardon for his fault. The outcome is that once the full story comes out at the end of the play, Valerio has gained his father's public blessing of his marriage with Gratiana. Gostanzo, a self-expressed admirer of wit, has to concede his son's cleverness. Meanwhile, Fortunio has made the most of his opportunity and married Bellomora. The play has a subplot on the topic of male jealousy: Cornelio is irrationally and excessively jealous of his faithful wife Gazetta, and quarrels with the man he thinks is her lover. He duels with and wounds the courtier Doriotto, and threatens to divorce his wife - which allows opportunities for medical humor with Pock the surgeon, and legal humor with a Notary. (The Notary even provides a specific date for the play in his divorce document: 17 November 1500.) In the end, the divorce does not occur; Cornelio admits that he was only trying to teach his wife a lesson
Elizabethan and Stuart plays by Charles Read Baskervill( Book )

2 editions published between 1934 and 1962 in English and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The comedies by George Chapman( Book )

3 editions published in 1961 in English and held by 671 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revenge for honour : a tragedie by George Chapman( )

41 editions published between 1654 and 1967 in English and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ascription to Chapman is not generally accepted. Has been identified with "The paraside, or, Revenge for honour", a play registered 1653 as the work of Henry Glapthorne. Cf. Parrott, T.M., ed. Plays and poems of George Chapman, the tragedies, p. 713-720; Thomas, D.L. Modern philology, Apr. 1908, p. 617-636; Cambridge hist. of Engl. lit., v. 6. Reproduction of original in British Library. (marc) 12260930. (stc) Wing C1948. (vid) 57887. (DLPS) A31672.0001.001. This keyboarded and encoded edition of the work described above is co-owned by the institutions providing financial support to the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership. Searching, reading, printing, or downloading EEBO-TCP texts is reserved for the authorized users of these project partner institutions. Permission must be granted for subsequent distribution, in print or electronically, of this text, in whole or in part. Please contact project staff at for further information or permissions. Glapthorne, Henry
Hero and Leander: begun by Christopher Marloe; and finished by George Chapman by Christopher Marlowe( )

43 editions published between 1598 and 1637 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tragedy of Alphonsus, Emperour of Germany : as it hath been [v]ery often a[cte]d (with great appl[ause] at the privat house in Black-Friers by His Maiesties servants by George Chapman( )

44 editions published between 1654 and 1994 in English and German and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems by George Chapman( Book )

16 editions published between 1939 and 1969 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe( Book )

68 editions published between 1598 and 2017 in English and held by 556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hero and Leander is a poetic retelling of a classic Greek legend. The poem relates a story of forbidden love in which Greek gods intervene to unite the two lovers. Hero and Leander was unfinished at the time of Christopher Marlowe's death, but was completed posthumously by George Chapman. No one is entirely sure how Marlowe himself would have finished it, but the sections that he was able to complete are notable for their unique use of verse and their lyrical beauty. Marlowe's poetic output was minimal, owing to his short life and emphasis on drama, but his position in the canon of English poetry has been cemented, thanks largely to the quality of this single, unfinished work
Bussy d'Ambois : a tragedie as it hath been often acted with great applause by George Chapman( )

34 editions published between 1641 and 1976 in English and French and held by 499 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eastvvard hoe : as it was playd in the Black-friers. By the children of her Maiesties reuels by George Chapman( )

35 editions published between 1605 and 1914 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Monsieur D'Oliue : a comedie, as it vvas sundrie times acted by her Maiesties children at the Blacke-Friers. By George Chapman by George Chapman( )

50 editions published between 1606 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An humerous day's mirth, 1559 by George Chapman( Book )

32 editions published between 1599 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This play is the English theatre's first 'comedy of humours', in which the attitudes, behaviour, and social pretensions of contemporary men and women are satirised. Charles Edelman's is the first fully annotated, modern-spelling edition of this long-neglected play
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Eastward ho
Eastward hoChapman's Homer: the Iliad, the Odyssey and the lesser HomericaHero and LeanderAn humerous day's mirth, 1559
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