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Re: The bloodie banquet
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1049  Tuesday, 16 May 2000.

[1]     From:   David Kathman <
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        Date:   Monday, 15 May 2000 09:46:51 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1045 The bloodie banquet

[2]     From:   John Jowett <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 May 2000 09:33:35 GMT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 11.1045 The bloodie banquet

[3]     From:   Jack Heller <
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        Date:   Monday, 15 May 2000 10:54:20 -0400
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From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Monday, 15 May 2000 09:46:51 -0500
Subject: 11.1045 The bloodie banquet
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1045 The bloodie banquet

Drew Whitehead wrote:

> Can any list member tell me anything about the following play:
>
> The bloodie banquet. by [T.D.]. London : Printed by Thomas Cotes, 1639
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> Has the author been identified?

T.D. is most often believed to be Thomas Drew, a onetime actor who took
to writing plays in the 1620s.  His one extant play is "The Duchess of
Suffolk."  I wrote the article on Drew for the forthcoming New
Dictionary of National Biography, and here is what I had to say about
this play:

"Drewe is probably the "T.D." who wrote The Bloodie Banquet, printed in
1639 but possibly written much earlier. This play, a rather crude
melodrama based on a story in William Warner's Syrinx about the Tyrant
of Cilicia, was listed on 10 August 1639 as the property of William
Beeston, the son of Drewe's old acting colleague Christopher Beeston."

I know that other authors have been proposed, but I don't have the
relevant articles handy at the moment.  Samuel Schoenbaum edited "The
Bloody Banquet" for the Malone Society Reprints in 1962, and his
introduction discusses the play and its authorship.

Dave Kathman

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From:           John Jowett <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 May 2000 09:33:35 GMT
Subject: 11.1045 The bloodie banquet
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1045 The bloodie banquet

Drew Whitehead asks about The Bloody Banquet.  The play will appear in
the forthcoming Oxford edition of Thomas Middleton's Collected Works as
a collaboration between Thomas Dekker and Middleton.

John Jowett

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From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Monday, 15 May 2000 10:54:20 -0400
Subject: 11.1045 The bloodie banquet
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1045 The bloodie banquet

*The Bloody Banquet* has been newly edited to be part of the *The
Collated Works of Thomas Middleton*, which I've been told by Gary Taylor
is in production and will be available in 2001. I read the play in
facsimile about six years ago; Lapyrus's conversion seemed rather
typical of similar scenes in Middleton's other plays.

Hope this helps.
Jack Heller
 

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