Thomas Middleton (1580-1627), a bricklayer's son, rose to become one of the most eminent playwrights of the Jacobean period. Along with Ben Johnson he helped shape the dynamic course of drama in Renaissance England. His range is broad, as his work successfully covers comedy, tragedy, and history. Praised during his life as well as today, Middleton remains relevant and influential. "The Revenger's Tragedy" (1607) stays in line with the other revenge tragedies of its day, yet this particular drama is set in the high Italian court. The play follows the young son of an Italian duke through his attempt to revenge the death of an elder through the rape of the beautiful Gloriana. Yet this intricate tragedy moves far beyond its narrative drama-we see thematic exploration of justice, corruption, lust, and family. The play has gained in popularity in recent years, being produced on numerous stages in England and North America. "The Revenger's Tragedy" demonstrates Middleton's varied talents as a master dramatist.
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