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Excerpt from A Study in Shirleys Comedies of London LifeThe present study in Shirleys comedies of London life originally formed the introduction to a complete edition of the play entitled The Ball, a work presented to the Graduate Faculty of theMoreExcerpt from A Study in Shirleys Comedies of London LifeThe present study in Shirleys comedies of London life originally formed the introduction to a complete edition of the play entitled The Ball, a work presented to the Graduate Faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. The entire work was to have appeared shortly as a Bulletin of the University of Texas- and was already in press, when a new edition of The Ball made its appearance in a collection of Chapmans comedies lately edited by Professor Parrott of Princeton University. In view of a recent and satisfactory edition of The Ball, it hardly seemed advisable to duplicate work on so unimportant a play, and for this reason the text and accompanying notes of the present writers edition have been suppressed, and the introductory matter allowed to issue in what must necessarily seem a fragmentary form. It is to be hoped that what is here printed may not seem superfluous. Professor Parrott and I have covered much the same ground in discussing the authorship of the play and have arrived at the same conclusions- my study has been made, however, from the point of view of Shirley rather than from that of Chapman, which is Professor Parrotts line of approach.The unusual form of the present study, due as above noted to a change of purpose in the course of printing, deserves some brief comment. A few facts are, therefore, given here, in explanation of what may seem a partial and ununified treatment of Shirley and his play The Ball.James Shirley is well known to special students of the Elizabethan drama, and with the increasing study of the literature of his time has become familiar to many general readers. With Massinger he shares the reputation of having left the longest and most creditable list of plays written by one man during the reign of the first Charles.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.