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The Uniqueness of Elizabethan Drama


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

Elizabethan drama might be considered to be unique in a number of ways, but I should like to speak only of a single familiar way, the full uniqueness of which may perhaps be easy to overlook. I refer to its multiplicity or comprehensiveness, and I would contrast it rapidly in that respect with three of its main rivals in the theater of Western Europe: the drama of the Greeks, that of neoclassical France toward the end of the seventeenth century, and that of modern Europe in its first or naturalistic phase as pioneered by Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov.

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