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“I have success, money, women. I’ve been lionized by the public and the press. The world is at my feet. I’ve spread my wings and here I am, soaring above everything and everyone. But in reality, the descent has already begun.”

At age 20, Thomas Dekker was already earning €100,000 a year—as an amateur bike racer. The next year, he turned pro and his salary quadrupled then rose again to €900,000 as he established his position as a super-domestique among Europe’s wealthiest superteams. The sport marveled at Dekker’s rise as the young racer set his ambitions on capturing cycling’s biggest prizes for himself. Before long, though, Dekker found himself corrupted by money, dazzled by fame, and cracking under the relentless pressure to perform at a superhuman level.

In his tell-all book DESCENT: My Epic Fall from Cycling Superstardom to Doping Dead End, Dekker reveals a sordid way of life full of blood bags, drugs, prostitutes, and money. DESCENT tells the story of a yearslong bender that exposes the brutal truth of his life as a professional cyclist. And Dekker is not alone; he names those who fell with him and those who aided in his downfall. In DESCENT, we take an unflinching look at the European peloton as it roars through its modern boom years—the height of the EPO era—and what we see is shocking. You won’t be able to turn away from this page-turning read about one man’s rise, fall, and redemption and what his story reveals about professional sports.

The Elizabethan dramatist Thomas Dekker was a versatile and prolific writer, whose career spanned several decades and brought him into contact with many of the period's most famous dramatists. Of the surviving plays that are entirely Dekker’s work, the best-known are ‘The Shoemakers Holiday’ (1600) and ‘The Honest Whore, Part 2’ (1630), which are typical of his work in their use of the moralistic tone of traditional drama. His ear for colloquial speech served him well in his vibrant portrayals of daily life in London and his works are characterised for their boisterousness nature and an inimitable mixture of realistic detail and romanticised plot. Dekker was also a writer of pamphlets, celebrated for their lively depictions of London life, vividly charting the city’s traumatic times. For the first time in publishing history, this eBook presents Dekker’s complete dramatic works, with numerous illustrations, rare plays and masques, informative introductions and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)


* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Dekker’s life and works

* Concise introductions to the novels and other texts

* 27 plays, with individual contents tables

* Features many rare dramas appearing for the first time in digital publishing

* Images of how the plays were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts

* Excellent formatting of the texts

* Rare pamphlets available in no other collection

* Special criticism section, with two essays evaluating Dekker’s contribution to history of the theatre

* Features two bonus biographies – discover Dekker’s literary life

* Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and genres


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CONTENTS:


The Solo Plays

The Shoemaker’s Holiday (1599)

Old Fortunatus (1600)

Lust’s Dominion (c. 1600)

The Weakest Goeth to the Wall (1600)

The Noble Spanish Soldier (c. 1602)

The Whore of Babylon (1607)

If This Be Not a Good Play, the Devil is in It (1611)

Troja-Nova Triumphans (1612)

The Welsh Ambassador (1623)

London’s Tempe (1629)

The Honest Whore, Part II (1630)

Match Me in London (1631)

The Wonder of a Kingdom (1634)


The Collaborative Plays

Satiro-Mastix (1601)

Blurt, Master Constable (1602)

Patient Grissil (1603)

The Honest Whore, Part I (1604)

The Magnificent Entertainment (1604)

The Family of Love (c. 1607)

Northward Ho (1607)

Westward Ho (1607)

The Famous History of Sir Thomas Wyatt (1607)

The Roaring Girl (1610)

The Witch of Edmonton (1621)

The Virgin-Martyr (1622)

The Sun’s Darling (1624)

The Bloody Banquet (1639)


The Prose

Selected Pamphlets


The Criticism

Thomas Dekker by Algernon Charles Swinburne

Dekker by Andrew Lang


The Biographies

Thomas Dekker by Ernest Rhys

Thomas Dekker by Arthur Henry Bullen ‎


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Arden of Faversham * A Woman Killed with Kindness * The Witch of Edmonton * The English Traveller In about 1590, an unknown dramatist had the idea of writing a tragedy about the lives of ordinary people, instead of the genre's usual complement of kings and queens and politicians. His play, Arden of Faversham, inaugurated a new genre of 'domestic' drama, set in near-contemporary England and concerned with issues of marriage, crime, and property rather than war and power. Arden dramatizes a notorious murder case of forty years earlier, in which a wealthy husband was killed by his wife and her lover. In Thomas Heywood's A Woman Killed with Kindness, a wife is caught by her husband in bed with his best friend, only to find that he takes unusual reprisals. The Witch of Edmonton combines a true-life story of witchcraft with a fictitious tale of bigamy and wife-murder, and The English Traveller deals with the unexpected and unwelcome changes people find when they return home after a lengthy absence. Part of the Oxford English Drama series, this edition has modern-spelling texts; a critical introduction that outlines the way all four plays raise powerful and complex questions about the English society in which their tragic events unfold; wide-ranging notes; a chronology of the plays from their sources to recent performance; and appendices relating to two of the plays: who wrote Arden of Faversham and when did Heywood write The English Traveller. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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