Three Rastell plays : Four elements, Calisto and Melebea, Gentleness and nobility

edited by Richard Axton

The three interludes in this volume come from the press of John Rastell, barrister, printer, adventurer, member of parliament, brother-in-law of Thomas More, and one of the first men in England to have a stage built at his own house. "The Four Elements" is unique in its genre of scientific morality play. Rastell composed it himself to expound the rudiments of natural science and to air his own frustrating experience of venturing to the New World, in 1517. "The Anonymous Calisto and Melebea" is based on the beginning of the notorious Spanish novel, "La Celestina", and has an elegance and subtlety in its satirical comedy of manners that is not found elsewhere in early English drama. "Gentleness and Nobiblity" crisply debates the case of aristocracy against meritocracy in a mocking humanist vein. It is probably by John Heywood, Rastell's son-on-law. The variety of the play testifies to Rastell's enterprise as publisher and their conmon theme of social responsibility to his strength of personality.

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書名 Three Rastell plays : Four elements, Calisto and Melebea, Gentleness and nobility
著作者等 Axton, Richard
Heywood, John
Rastell, John
シリーズ名 Tudor interludes
出版元 D.S. Brewer
刊行年月 1979
ページ数 169 p.
大きさ 22 cm
ISBN 0859910474
NCID BA00140910
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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