Middleton’s Early Work

  • Martin White
Part of the English Dramatists book series (ENGDRAMA)


Thomas Middleton began to write for the stage sometime around 1602, and produced his last play — A Game at Chess — in 1624. His career therefore spans the Jacobean period almost exactly, and during that time he was involved in virtually every activity open to the professional playwright. He wrote for public and private theatres, adult and children’s companies, pageants for the streets, entertainments for the court, and produced a range of work remarkable for its variety — and its quality.


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    For more details on Middleton’s life see Barker (1958), and Mark Eccles, ‘Thomas Middleton A Poett’, Studies in Philology LIV (1957) 516–36.Google Scholar
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    David Bergeron (1983: 133) describes Middleton’s total output as ‘one large morality play’. See also Alan C. Dessen, ‘Middleton’s The Phoenix and the Allegorical Tradition’, Studies in English Literature 6 (1966) 291–308.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Martin White 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin White
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  1. 1.University of BristolUK

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