William Rowley Further Reading

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(Literary Criticism (1400-1800))


Bawcutt, N. W. Introduction to The Changeling, by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, pp. xv-lxviii. London: Methuen & Co., 1958.

Introductory notes to The Changeling that include biographies of Rowley and Middleton, discussions of their collaborative effort, and the play's stage history.

Berger, Thomas L. “The Petrarchan Forest of The Changeling.Renaissance Papers (1969): 37-46.

Analyzes the use of the Petrarchan conceit of the beloved as fortress in The Changeling.

Bromham, A. A. “The Significance of Names in Middleton and Rowley's The Old Law.Notes and Queries 41, no. 4 (December 1994): 509-12.

Discusses Rowley and Middleton's use of character names in The Old Law.

Bromham, A. A., and Bruzzi, Zara. The Changeling and the Years of Crisis, 1619-1624: A Hieroglyphic of Britain. London: Pinter Publishers, 1990, 207 p.

Full-length study of The Changeling that concentrates on Middleton's role in the play's authorship.

Castrop, Helmut. “The Medical Jargon in A Fair Quarrel.Review of English Studies 23 (November 1972): 448-54.

Examines the way in which medical terminology is used in the play to heighten the work's satire.

Davies, H. Neville. “Pericles and the Sherley Brothers.” In Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, edited by E. A. Honigmann, pp. 94-113. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1986.

Compares Shakespeare's Pericles and The Three English Brothers, which were performed around the same time by rival theatre companies.

Doh, Herman. Introduction to A Critical Edition of Fortune By Land and Sea, by Thomas Heywood and William Rowley, pp. 1-69. New York: Garland Publishing, 1980.

Notes on the authorship, sources, text, and critical reception of Fortune By Land and Sea.

Dominik, Mark. William Shakespeare and The Birth of Merlin. New York: Philosophical Library, 1985, 177 p.

Argues that Rowley and Shakespeare co-authored The Birth of Merlin.

Holdsworth, Roger V. Introduction to A Fair Quarrel, by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, pp. xi-xxxviii. London: Ernest Benn Limited, 1974.

Examines the authorship, stage history, sources, plot, and thematic concerns of A Fair Quarrel.

Kinney, Arthur F. Introduction to The Witch of Edmonton, by Thomas Dekker, John Ford, and William Rowley, pp. ix-xlii. New York: W. W. Norton, 1998.

Notes on the sources, plot, theme, and staging of The Witch of Edmonton.

Morris, Edgar C, ed. The Spanish Gypsie and All's Lost by Lust, by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley. Boston: D. C. Heath & Co, 1908, 261 p.

Edition of two plays by Rowley and Middleton that includes biographical sketches of the authors, critical discussion of the plays, and a bibliography of secondary sources.

Nolan, Michael. Introduction to The Thracian Wonder by William Rowley and Thomas Heywood: A Critical Edition, pp. vii-lxi. Salzburg: Institut für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 1997.

Notes on the stage history, sources, plot, and themes of A Thracian Wonder. Nolan argues that while Rowley was certainly one of the play's authors, Heywood's role is uncertain.

Roy, Emil. “Sexual Paradox in The Changeling.Literature and Psychology 25 (1975): 124-32.

Explores sexual themes in The Changeling.

Shaw, Catherine M. Introduction to The Old Law by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley, pp. xi-li. New York: Garland Publishing, 1982.

Notes on the authorship, sources, text, and critical reception of The Old Law.

Stork, Charles Wharton. Introduction to William Rowley: His All's Lost by Lust and A Shoemaker, A Gentleman, pp. 1-68. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1910.

Discussion of Rowley's hand in many of the plays he co-authored and a detailed reading of two plays Rowley composed alone that shed light on the playwright's style and dramatic techniques.

Young, Stephen Blase. Introduction to A Critical Old-Spelling Edition of A Match at Midnight, pp. 5-57. New York: Garland Publishing, 1980.

Discussion of the plot, themes, and stage history of A Match at Midnight that doubts Rowley's hand in the composition of the work.

Additional coverage of William Rowley's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 58; Literature Resource Center; and Reference Guide to English Literature, Ed. 2.