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The Works

Marston's poems (1598-1599)

Colin Burrow introduces the controversial poetry of John Marston.

Antonio and Mellida (c. 1599) and Antonio's Revenge (c. 1600)

David Lindley introduces the fascinating diptych Antonio and Mellida and its sequel, Antonio's Revenge.

Jack Drum's Entertainment (c. 1600)

Matthew Steggle writes about Marston's early comedy Jack Drum's Entertainment, or The Comedy of Pasquil and Katherine, performed by the Children of Paul's in 1599-1600.

What You Will (1601)

Janet Clare gives a brief account of Marston's comedy for the Children of Paul's in 1601, What You Will.

Histriomastix (c. 1601-2)

Anthony Parr introduces the challenges of editing Histriomastix, or The Player Whipped, published without naming its author in 1610.

The Malcontent (c. 1602-4)

Richard Dutton introduces the process of editing The Malcontent.

The Dutch Courtesan (c. 1603-5)

Helen Ostovich and Erin Julian introduce The Dutch Courtesan, one of Marston's most popular plays.

The Fawn (c. 1604)

Clare McManus introduces The Fawn.

Eastward Ho! (1605)

Lois Potter discusses her work on the collaborative city comedy Eastward Ho! that Marston wrote with Ben Jonson and George Chapman, and that caused offence at court when it premiered in 1605.

Sophonisba (1605)

Suzanne Gossett introduces The Wonder of Women, or The Tragedy of Sophonisba, Marston's last completed play set in the wars between Rome and Carthage.

Entertainment at Ashby (1607)

Martin Butler writes about the masque that Marston wrote to welcome the dowager Countess of Derby to Ashby Castle, Leicestershire, in 1607.

The Insatiate Countess (c. 1608-13)

Lucy Munro introduces Marston's last partially completed play.