Francis Beaumont | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Eugene M. Waith

This literature criticism consists of approximately 60 pages of analysis & critique of Francis Beaumont.
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Critical Essay by Eugene M. Waith

SOURCE: "The Emergence of the Pattern," in The Pattern of Tragicomedy in Beaumont and Fletcher, Yale University Press, 1952, pp. 1-42.

In the following essay, Waith provides a detailed critical survey of Beaumont and Fletcher's tragicomedies, finding in them an essential "pattern of dramatic entertainment."

The plays of Beaumont and Fletcher are almost never performed today, in spite of a reawakened interest in the drama of the seventeenth century. The few readers who eventually turn to Beaumont and Fletcher out of curiosity, because they have enjoyed Jonson, Webster, Tourneur, or Ford, are inclined to dismiss the plays as trivial and decadent—a debauchery of what is best in Jacobean drama. This prevalent attitude poses a major critical problem, for we are confronted with the contempt or, far more devastating, the neglect...

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