Anonymous: The Pride of Life

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The Pride of Life is the earliest morality play written in English. Until it was destroyed in the early twentieth century, it was preserved in a fourteenth-century account roll from Dublin. The original manuscript was incinerated by explosion and fire at the public record office in Dublin during the political disturbances of June 1922. However, the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland had published a transcription of the Account Roll of the Priory of the Holy Trinity, Dublin, 1337-1346, with the Middle English Moral Play ‘The Pride of Life' in 1891. This was a full edition of the manuscript by James Mills. This edition also included, as a frontispiece, a photozincographic facsimile of one section of the account …

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Cummings, James. "The Pride of Life". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 July 2004
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