Massingir, Five Pounds, Salisbury discussed on Harvard Classics


Introductory note philip. Massingir was born at salisbury. In fifteen eighty four though the son of a member of parliament he seems to have inherited no means for the i notice. We have of him after his leaving oxford in sixteen o six as a petition asking to hans low by him and two friends for a payment of five pounds on account to get them out of prison after beaumont retired from play writing. Massingir became fletcher's chief partner and there is evidence that there existed between them a warm friendship all massacres irs relations with his fellow authors of which we have records seemed to have been pleasant and the impression of his personality which one derives from his work is that of a dignified hard working and conscientious men. He seems to have been much interested in public affairs. And he at times came into collision with the authorities on account of the introduction into his place of more or less veiled allusions to political personages and events he died in sixteen forty the best known of massacres works as a new way to pay old debts which was probably acted for the first time in sixteen twenty five the popularity of the play as chiefly due to the principal characters. Sir giles overreach a user and extortion are drawn however on such magnificent lines as to rise far above. The conventional miser of literature reaches presented with great dramatic skill. The situations being chosen and elaborated so as to throw his figure into high relief. And though his villainy reaches the pitch of monstrosity. The illusion of life has preserved here as elsewhere massingir. Sympathies are on the side of wholesome morals and it was probably the powerful didactic tendency of the play and it's fine rhetoric which united with the impressiveness of the main figure enabled it to hold the stage into the nineteenth century..

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