Thomas Kyd: Cornelia

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A blank verse drama translated from the French original Cornélie published in 1574 by Robert Garnier (1544-90). This is the only extant work to be affixed with the name of Thomas Kyd and two editions were published in 1594 and 1595. The latter has on the title page: Pompey the Great his fair Corneliaes Tragedie: Effected by her father and Husbandes downe-cast, death, and fortune.

The style of the play follows the contemporary academic trend of the Senecan, or closet drama, admired by Sir Philip Sidney. In accordance with this the translation retains the Senecan traits of reportage over action, sententiousness and declamation. As the story opens, Rome is being ravaged by civil war, under the tyranny of …

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Citation:
Owens, Rebekah . "Cornelia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 April 2009
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=24179, accessed 23 October 2014.]


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  1. English Renaissance Theatre - Elizabethan