A Chaste Maid in Cheapside
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Chaste Maid in Cheapside by Thomas Middleton
Book DescriptionWritten for the adult players at the open-air Swan theatre in 1613, this master-piece of Jacobean city comedy signals its ironic nature even in the title: chaste maids, like most other goods and people in London's busiest commercial area, are likely to be fake. Money is more important than either happiness or honour; and the most coveted commodities to be bought with it are sex and social prestige. Middleton interweaves the fortunes of four families, who either seek to marry their children off as profitably as possible, to stop having any more for fear of poverty, or to acquire some in order to keep their property in the family. Most prosperous is the husband who pimps his wife to a rich knight and lets him support the household with his alimony. Like many early modern critics of London's enormous growth, this play warned: the city is a monster that lives off the money the country produces.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780713650686
(198mm x 129mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 28-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Roaring Girl, Paperback (April 2014)
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Mad World My Masters, Paperback (June 2013)
Thomas Middleton's Jacobean comedy updated to hilarious effect and transplanted into 1960s Soho. Edited by Sean Foley and Phil Porter.
Thomas Middleton: Four Plays, Paperback (August 2012)» View all books by Thomas Middleton
An anthology of four Thomas Middleton plays in the New Mermaid Series, brought together with an introduction and commentary notes by William Carroll, which explores the plays' context, culture, politics and themes.
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