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Middleton, Thomas -1627

Works: 1,435 works in 5,917 publications in 7 languages and 91,147 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Tragedies (Drama)  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Comedy plays  History  Fiction  Satirical literature  Juvenile works  Acting editions  Political plays 
Roles: Author, Other, Editor, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Attributed name, Lyricist, Author of introduction, Dubious author
Classifications: PR2714, 822.3
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The changeling by Thomas Middleton( Book )

238 editions published between 1653 and 2019 in 8 languages and held by 5,667 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jacobean psychological tragedy in verse. In love with another, a fickle woman has her fiancé murdered by a deformed servant who loves her. 5 acts, 14 scenes, epilogue, 11 men, 3 women, extras, 6 interiors, 1 exterior
Women beware women by Thomas Middleton( Book )

149 editions published between 1657 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 2,251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Women Beware Women is a major tragedy of the period, anatomising lust, hypocrisy and moral blindness. It is a play of people corrupted by greed for sex, wealth and position. Mulryne's latest edition of this classic drama is accurate & modern
The life of Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare( )

44 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 2,227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Timon of Athens is a bitterly intriguing study of a fabulously rich man who wastes his wealth on his friends, and, when he is finally impoverished, learns to despise humanity with a hatred that drives him to his grave. Its response to matters topical in Jacobean London sharpens its thrust as satire. Yet the setting in ancient Athens allows it to read as a timeless fable, deeply relevant to a modern society that sees itself as pursuing material prosperity to the point of self-destruction." "The play's plot structure is schematically clear, and the poetry of Timon's rage is arresting in its savage intensity. Yet readers have often detected loose ends, and the tone of writing is uneven. In his introduction, John Jowett explains how these characteristics arise because the play was written as a collaboration between Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton. This edition pays full justice to Middleton's presence, explaining how his contribution gave the play its distinctive edge. We as readers need to read this play as a dialogue between writers of different temperaments, and this edition is the first to make such a reading possible." "The introduction provides the fullest account of the play's performance history available. The commentary is the most detailed ever to have been published. Appendices include source materials and a listing of major productions worldwide."--Jacket
A chaste maid in Cheapside by Thomas Middleton( Book )

100 editions published between 1874 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The play presents multiple plots centered on the marriage of Moll Yellowhammer, the titular maid, who is daughter to a wealthy Cheapside goldsmith, and, in particular, her intended husband, Sir Walter Whorehound. Moll loves Touchwood Junior, a poor gallant; her father, however, has betrothed her to Whorehound, a philandering knight eager for Moll's dowry. As a kind of side-bargain, Sir Walter has promised Moll's brother Tim a "landed niece" from Wales. Tim, a fatuous scholar, returns to London from Cambridge University with his Latin tutor. This "landed niece" is in reality one of Sir Walter's mistresses, who has no land in actuality. Sir Walter is also having an affair with the wife of Allwit, a knowing cuckold, his name an inversion of "wittol," who lives happily on the money Sir Walter gives his wife. Meanwhile, Touchwood Senior (the elder brother of Moll's true love) prepares to depart from his wife; prodigiously fertile, he impregnates any woman he sleeps with. He and his wife must separate to avoid another pregnancy, which they cannot afford. His salvation comes from the Kixes, an aging couple who have not been able to conceive. This is important because if they have a child, Sir Walter (a relation of theirs) will not inherit their fortune, on which he has confidently depended, going so far as to live beyond his means. A maid tells the Kixes that Touchwood makes a special fertility potion; Touchwood deceives his way into the bed of Lady Kix. After an abortive attempt to elope with Touchwood Junior, Moll is guarded at home. The day before the wedding, Moll flees her parents' home again. Caught while attempting to cross the Thames, she is drenched and seems to fall sick upon being brought home. Touchwood Junior and Sir Walter fight in the street, and both are wounded. Sir Walter believes that he is near death. At Allwit's house, he repents all of his sins, condemning the Allwits for indulging him. When news is brought that Lady Kix is pregnant (thus ruining Sir Walter's prospects), the Allwits kick him out and plan to sell all Sir Walter's gifts and move to a home in The Strand. Moll continues to be very sick; when Touchwood Senior brings word that his brother has died, she faints and appears to die while Susan, her servant, is let in on a secret plan. Saddened, the Yellowhammers agree to Touchwood Senior's request that the young lovers receive a joint burial. At the funeral, Moll and Touchwood Junior rise from their coffins and the mourning turns to celebration. The two are wed, as Tim and the Welsh "niece" had been earlier that day; Kix promises to support the family of Touchwood Senior, who announces that Sir Walter has been imprisoned for debt. All exit, headed for a celebratory dinner
A mad world, my masters by Thomas Middleton( Book )

53 editions published between 1608 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The play belongs to the special subgenre known as city comedy; it provides a satirical and rather cynical view of life, as an amoral and fairly ruthless battle of wits in the urban metropolis of early 17th-century London. It was premiered sometime around the middle of the first decade of the century by the Children of Paul's, a company of boy actors popular at the time -- a troupe that tended to specialise in a drama for an elite audience of gentlemen rather than the more broad-based theatre of the large public playhouses like the Globe or Fortune Theatres
The roaring girl by Thomas Middleton( Book )

66 editions published between 1611 and 2019 in English and held by 1,219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New Mermaids are modern-spelling, fully-annotated editions of important English plays. Each volume includes a critical introduction, biography of the author, discussions of dates & sources, textual details, & information about staging the play
Michaelmas term by Thomas Middleton( Book )

30 editions published between 1966 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Michaelmas Term is one of five satiric city comedies that the young playwright Thomas Middleton wrote for the boy players of St Paul's Cathedral, sometime before 1607. Set in a vividly detailed, realistic urban milieu at the start of London's social season, the play comes alive through the central contest between Ephestian Quomodo, an ambitious, land-hungry city merchant, and Richard Easy, a naive landowning gallant just arrived in the city. Easy is soon deep in debt and his struggle to recoup his debts and reclaim his land from Quomodo takes places against a sharply drawn set of London types - Quomodo's socially and sexually ambitious wife and daughter, the Scottish upstart Andrew Lethe, and his mistress the Country Wench, eager to exchange her virginity for an elegant new wardrobe--Amazon
A game at chess by Thomas Middleton( Book )

67 editions published between 1625 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents a fully annotated text of Middleton's notorious play, based on close analysis of the many surviving documents and editions. The play is thoroughly contextualised within contemporary politics and theatrical history
The revenger's tragedy by Cyril Tourneur( Book )

30 editions published between 1962 and 2019 in English and held by 1,062 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book depicts a morally corrupt universe where the desire for justice is contaminated by the obsession for revenge. The denunciations of sin are countered at each turn by the pleasure characters take in acting or watching adultery, incest & murder
The witch by Thomas Middleton( Book )

74 editions published between 1845 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This play written in the early 1600s is an ironic comedy which offers contrast and comparison with Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' in its handling of witchcraft. It includes a biography of the writer, a critical introduction, discussion of dates and sources and is fully annotated
A trick to catch the old one by Thomas Middleton( Book )

51 editions published between 1608 and 2013 in English and French and held by 885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a reconsidered text based on collation of all known copies of the 1608 quarto supplemented with textual analysis and critical discussion
The Spanish gipsie : as it was acted (with great applause) at the Privat House in Drury-Lane, and Salisbury Court by Thomas Middleton( )

36 editions published between 1653 and 1976 in English and held by 876 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elizabethan and Stuart plays by Charles Read Baskervill( Book )

2 editions published between 1934 and 1962 in English and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second maiden's tragedy by Thomas Middleton( Book )

22 editions published between 1909 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 724 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The changeling : as it was acted (with great applause) at the Privat house in Drury-Lane, and Salisbury Court by Thomas Middleton( )

29 editions published between 1653 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The works of Thomas Middleton by Thomas Middleton( Book )

16 editions published between 1964 and 2010 in English and French and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No wit, no help like a woman's by Thomas Middleton( Book )

18 editions published between 1657 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The selected plays of Thomas Middleton by Thomas Middleton( Book )

21 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 563 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hengist, king of Kent; or, The mayor of Queenborough by Thomas Middleton( Book )

19 editions published between 1938 and 2003 in English and held by 551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hengist, King of Kent (also known as The Mayor of Quinborough) was one of the most popular plays of the 1630s and 1640s. Written by Thomas Middleton by 1619, its main tragic plot concerns the invasion of the Saxons, led by Hengist, into Britain and the division of the kingdom into heptarchies, one of which, Kent, Hengist comes to rule. The play exists in two manuscript texts (both from the 1640s) and an early printed quarto (1661); this is one of the rare plays of the period that exists in early manuscript copy."--Provided by publisher
Thomas Middleton: three plays by Thomas Middleton( Book )

5 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 546 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
The changeling
Women beware womenThe life of Timon of AthensA chaste maid in CheapsideA mad world, my mastersThe roaring girlMichaelmas termA game at chessThe revenger's tragedy
Alternative Names
Middelton, Thomas ca1570-1627


Middleton, Thomas

Middleton, Thomas 1570?-1627

Middleton, Thomas 1580?-1627

Middleton, Thomas d. 1627

Middleton, Thomas m. 1627

Midleton, Thomas 1580-1627

Thomas Middleton angol drámaíró, költő

Thomas Middleton auteur dramatique

Thomas Middleton Brits auteur

Thomas Middleton dramaturgo inglês

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Thomas Middleton englischer Schriftsteller und Poet

Tomas Mïdlton

Томас Мидлтон английский драматург и поэт

תומאס מידלטון סופר בריטי

توماس مىيدلتون

توماس ميدلتون

توماس میدلتون

미들턴, 토머스 1580-1627

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ミドルトン, T.

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