Thomas Heywood: Fair Maid of the West

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  • Brinda Charry (Keene State College )

Written by the prolific Elizabethan dramatist Thomas Heywood, this two-part play is entered in the Stationer’s Register on 16 June 1631, although the actual date of composition is subject to debate. While some critics maintain that Part 1 of the play was written in 1603 (roughly around the time of the death of Elizabeth I), others argue that it was written closer to the 1631 date of publication. The play might also have been composed around 1609-10 – years which saw a rise in the popularity of plays dealing with sea-faring and piracy, and also the years which saw the publication of a pamphlet on Morocco by one Robert Cotton titled A True Historicall Discourse of Muley Hamet’s rising to the three Kingdomes of Moruecos, Fes …

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Charry, Brinda. "Fair Maid of the West". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 August 2007
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]