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This Jacobean city comedy is a curiosity in that it presents a real-life character, the notorious cross-dresser Moll Frith, who probably was among the first audiences of 'her' play before she was taken up for public misconduct. Middleton and Dekker's 'roaring girl' may outrage her society with her pipe, bluster and swagger, but she turns out to be the moral centre of the play. Her code of honour leads her to call the bluff on rogues and conspicuous consumers, to thrash a hypocritical gallant in a duel, and to act as go-between for the young lovers thwarted by parental tyranny. This wry dramatisation of female deviancy exposing male ineffectuality is as much to the point today as it was in King James's England. An appendix helps the modern reader to appreciate the canting terms used by the low-life characters.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780713668131
ISBN-10: 071366813X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 29-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Thomas Middleton

Thomas Middleton (1580 1627) was an English Jacobean playwright and poet.

Thomas Dekker (1570-1632) was an English dramatist.

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