Edward the Second

by Christopher Marlowe

Hardcover, 1949






Falcon Educational Books, 1949.


Hailed in the last 20 years as a 'gay classic', recent critics have focused on the overtly sexual relationship between Edward and his favourite, Gaveston; earlier interpretations focused rather on the deposition by his subjects of a weak king. The introduction shows how the drama works to give the audience an equal emotional commitment to opposing points of view, and that this is what makes Edward II such an uncomfortable and challenging play. Introduction The author Date, source and productions Sexuality Politics Cruelty Note on the text Further reading The playtext

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LibraryThing member longhorndaniel
remember nothing about it except i had to read it for college class
LibraryThing member TiffanyAK
I chose to read an online edition of this play for my Play Analysis paper for my Intro. to Drama class. Therefore, I am not talking about this exact edition, but am talking about the main work itself. This History/Chronicle play probably offered me the most compelling glimpse into a more controversial aspect of society of the time than any other ever has. That is, the way in which it deals with King Edward II's rumored bisexuality, his friends that are believed to have been his lovers, and so on. It truly is fascinating in the way that it is said without truly being said. The assassination scene is also incredibly epic, as it makes you stop and think to figure out what the method of killing is meant to be. Overall, it is a great example of drama from the era, without being Shakespeare. So, I definitely recommend it for anyone interested in drama of the period, or even just great drama in general.… (more)
LibraryThing member sageness
I am very fond of this play and the broad range of interpretations available based on how the actors interpret the roles. It's an incredibly versatile text, and the language of some portions is really beautiful.



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