The Romances

  • A. L. Rowse


The years 1608–9 mark the last significant turning-point in Shakespeare’s career in the theatre, and a new (and last) period in his writing for it. Circumstances were changing in the theatre, as in the society for which it catered and which it expressed. The older cohesion of society was yielding to the pressure of new wealth, more complex strains. A new generation was coming up with other ideas and demands, and newer writers to please them. Old faces and friends were falling away.


Public Theatre Henry VIII Private Theatre Painful Adventure English Actor 


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    q. F. P. Wilson, ‘Ralph Crane, Scrivener to the King’s Players’, The Library, 1927, 197.Google Scholar
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    I quote from the edn. by R. H. Perkinson, Scholars’ Facsimiles and Reprints, New York, 1941, without pagination.Google Scholar

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