A Mad World, My Masters and Other Plays
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"Good selection of plays...thorough, useful notes and glossary."--Simon Morgan-Russell, Bowling Green State University
"Thank you....It is good to know that such Renaissance classics are still in print."--Charles Hallett, Fordham University
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About the Author
Michael Taylor was Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. He is now a freelance writer and editor. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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In all important aspects,Taylor's edition does an admirable job of showcasing Middleton's talents. Taylor's introduction provides an excellent overview of the various ways in which critics have approached Middletonian comedy, and notes some of the more puzzling aspects of the plays themselves (e.g. the Dampit and Penitent Brothel subplots of "A Trick" and "Mad World", respectively). Critics are justifiably divided over the relative importance to be assigned to festive, satiric/ironic, and moral elements in Middleton's comedies, and Taylor gives all of these viewpoints their due, while also providing a bibliography to guide further critical reading. His explanatory and textual notes to the play's texts, while somewhat cumbersome to use due to their location at the back of the volume, are both helpful and sensible. Stage directions are intelligently expanded to give the reader a good sense of the play's action(s), which tend toward the complicated on numerous occasions. All in all, the general reader should be more than content with the Oxford volume as a ready, accessible reference.