The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume VI. The Drama to 1642, Part Two.

V. Beaumont and Fletcher


In addition to the lists in General Bibliography, see

A Bibliography of Beaumont and Fletcher. By Potter, A. C. (Harvard Library Bibliographical Contributions.) Cambridge, Mass., 1890.

Articles on particular plays of Beaumont and Fletcher, by Leonhardt, B., in Anglia, vols. XIX, XX, XXIII, XXIV, XXVI.


Comedies and Tragedies written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, Gentlemen. Never printed before, And now published by the Authours Originall Copies. 1647. fol. [Contains the following plays: The Mad Lover. The Chances. The Spanish Curate. The Loyall Subject. The Little French Lawyer. The Lawes of Candy. The Custome of the Country. The Lover’s Progresse. The Noble Gentleman. The Island Princesse. The Captaine. The Humorous Lieutenant. The Beggers Bush. The Nice Valour, or the Passionate The Coxcombe. Mad Man. The False One. The Maide in the Mill. The Prophetesse. A Wife for a Moneth. The Tragedy of Bonduca. Wit at severall Weapons. The Sea Voyage. The Tragedy of Valentinian. The Double Marriage The Faire Maid of the Inne. The Pilgrim. Loves Pilgrimage. The Knight of Malta. The Maske of the Gentlemen of The Womans Prize, or the Tamer Grayes-Inne, and the Inner Temple, Tamed. at the Marriage of the Prince and Loves Cure, or the Martiall Maide. Princesse Palatine of Rhene. The Honest Mans Fortune. Foure Playes (or Morall Representations) The Queene of Corinth. in one. Women Pleas’d. The thirty-four plays included in the above list were all previously unprinted. The Masque of the Inner Temple and Grayes Inn, “presented before his Majestie, the Queenes Majestie, the Prince, Count Palatine and the Lady Elizabeth their Highnesses, in the Banquetting house at White-hall on Saturday the twentieth day of Februarie, 1612,” was twice printed, s.d., one of the issues being “By Francis Beaumont, Gent.” The Wild-Goose Chase was omitted because the copy of it had gone astray. When recovered, it was published separately in folio, 1652.]

Fifty Comedies and Tragedies. Written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, Gentlemen.… Published by the Authors Original Copies, the Songs to each play being added. 1679. fol. [Contains fifty-two plays (including the Coronation) and the Masque.]

The Works of Beaumont and Fletcher in seven volumes.… 1711.

The Works of Mr. Francis Beaumont and Mr. John Fletcher. In ten volumes. Collated with all the former editions and corrected. With notes.… By the late Mr. Theobald, Mr. Seward…and Mr. Sympson.… 1750.

The Dramatick Works of Beaumont and Fletcher. [Ed. Colman, G.] 10 vols. 1778.

The Dramatic Works of Ben Jonson and Beaumont and Fletcher, the latter from the text and with the notes of G. Colman. 4 vols. 1811.

The Works of Beaumont and Fletcher in fourteen volumes; with an introduction and explanatory notes by H. Weber. 1812. [The Faithful Friends appears first in this edition.]

The Works of Beaumont and Fletcher: With an introduction by George Darley. 2 vols. 1840. [Text of Weber, with additions in The Humorous Lieutenant from Dyce’s Demetrius and Enanthe, 1830.]

The Works of Beaumont and Fletcher: the text formed from a new collation of early editions. With notes and a biographical memoir. By Dyce, A. II vols. 1843–6.

The Works of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher. Variorum Edition, 1904 ff. [To be completed in twelve volumes, of which three have been published. The plays are separately edited, with introductions and notes, by various editors (Daniel, P. A., Bond, R. Warwick, Greg, W. W., McKerrow, R. B., Masefield, J., and Chambers, E. K.), under the general direction of Bullen, A. H.]

Beaumont and Fletcher. Edd. Glover, A. and Waller, A. R. (Cambridge English Classics.) 1905 ff. [A reprint of the folio of 1679, with collation of all the previously printed texts. To be completed in ten volumes, seven of which are now published.]

[In chronological order]

The Woman Hater. As it hath been lately acted by the Children of Paules.… 1607. (Two issues.) The Woman Hater.…Written by John Fletcher, Gent. 1648. The Woman Hater, or The Hungry Courtier.… Written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher. 1649. Also 1718.

The Faithful Shepherdess, by John Fletcher.… [n.d., probably 1609.] Also 1629, 1634, 1656, 1665, and ed. Moorman, F. W. (Temple Dramatists), 1897.

The Knight of the Burning Pestle. 1613. The Knight of the Burning Pestle.… Written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher.… 1635. (Two issues.) Also ed. Morley, H. (Universal Library), 1885; Moorman, F. W.

(Temple Dramatists), 1898; Murch, H. S. (Yale Studies in English), 1908.

The Masque of the Inner Temple and Gray’s Inn.… [n.d., probably 1613.]

Cupid’s Revenge.… By John Fletcher. 1615.

Cupid’s Revenge.… Written by Fran. Beaumont and Jo. Fletcher.… 1630. Also 1635, 1778.

The Scornful Lady.… Written by Fra. Beaumont and Jo. Fletcher.… 1616. Also 1625, 1630, 1635, 1639, 1651, 1677, 1691, 1695(?), 1717. With alterations, 1783.

A King and No King.… Written by Francis Beaumont and Joh. Flecher… 1619. Also 1625, 1631, 1639, 1655, 1661, 1676, 1693.

The Maid’s Tragedy.… 1619.

The Maid’s Tragedy.… Newly perused, augmented and inlarged.… 1622.

The Maid’s Tragedy.… Written by Fr. Beaumont and John Fletcher.… 1630.

Also 1638, 1641, 1650, 1661, 1686, 1704, 1717, etc. Ed. Thorndike, A. H.

(Belles Lettres Series), 1906; Cox, F. J., 1908. Waller’s alterations, in Waller’s Poems, 1690.

Philaster or Love lyes a Bleeding.… Written by Francis Baymont and John Fletcher.… 1620. Also 1622, 1628, 1634, 1639, 1652 (two issues), 1660 (?), 1687, 1717. Also altered for the stage 1763, etc. Ed. Boas, F. S. (Temple Dramatists), 1898; Thorndike, A. H. (Belles Lettres Series), 1906.

The Tragedy of Thierry, King of France, and his brother Theodoret.… 1621. The Tragedy of Thierry.… Written by John Fletcher.… 1648. The Tragedy of Thierry.… Written by F. Beamont and John Fletcher.… 1649.

Henry VIII. First printed in the Shakespeare fol. 1623. Many separate stage editions, and (with notes) Hunter, J., 1860; Rolfe, W. J., 1872; Lawson, W., 1875; Hudson, H. N., 1876, etc.

The Two Noble Kinsmen.… Written by … Mr. John Fletcher and Mr. William Shakespeare.… 1634. Included in several editions of Shakespeare.

Also ed. Skeat, W. W., 1875; Littledale, H., 1876 (a reprint of the 1634 edition); Hudson, H., 1881; Rolfe, W. J., 1883; Herford, C. H., 1897.

The Elder Brothers.… Written by John Fletcher, Gent. 1637. (Two issues.) The Elder Brother.… Written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher.… 1651. Also 1661, 1678.

Wit without Money.… Written by Francis Beamount and John Flecher.… 1639. Also 1661, 1718.

Monsieur Thomas.… The Author John Fletcher.… 1639. Fathers Own Son.… The Author John Fletcher.… [The same as the preceding.]

The Bloody Brother. A Tragedy. By B. J. F.… 1639. The Tragedy of Rollo, Duke of Normandy.… Written by John Fletcher, Gent. Oxford, 1640. The Bloody Brother, or Rollo. 1718.

Rule a Wife and Have a Wife.… Written by John Fletcher, Gent. Oxford, … 1640. Also (London) 1696, 1697, 1717, (Dublin) 1728, and many stage editions.

The Night-Walker, or The Little Thief.… Written by John Fletcher, Gent. 1640. Also 1661.

The Wild-Goose Chase.… Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, Gent. Retriv’d for the publick delight of all the Ingenious; And private benefit of John Lowin and Joseph Taylor, Servants to His late Majestie. 1652.

A Very Woman.… Written by Philip Massenger.… 1655. [Published with The Bashful Lover and The Guardian.]

The Beggars Bush. Written by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, Gentlemen. 1661. (Two issues.) Also 1717, and altered as The Royal Merchant and the Merchant of Bruges.

The Chances, a comedy.… Corrected and altered [by the Duke of Buckingham].… 1682. Also 1692, 1705. As altered by Garrick 1773, etc.

The Humorous Lieutenant, or Generous Enemies, a comedy.… 1697. Demetrius and Enanthe, being The Humorous Lieutenant,… published from a MS. dated 1625… by Dyce, A. 1830.

The Island Princess.… 1717. Also as altered for the stage 1669, 1687, etc.

Valentinian.… 1717. Also altered 1685, 1696.

The Prophetess.… 1717. Also altered 1690, 1719.

A Wife for a Month.… 1717.

The Loyal Subject, or The Faithful General.… 1700 (?). Also 1717, 1748.

The Custom of the Country.… 1717.

The Pilgrim.… 1718. Also altered 1700, 1789, etc.

Love’s Cure, or The Martial Maid.… 1718.

Bonduca.… 1718. Altered for the stage, 1696, 1778, etc.

The Spanish Curate.… 1718.

Sir John van Olden Barnavelt. Ptd. in Bullen’s Old English Plays, vol. II, pp. 201–314.

The Best Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher. Ed. Strachey, J. St. Loe. (Mermaid Series.) 2 vols. 1887. [Contains ten plays.]

[In chronological order]

Salmasis and Hermaphroditus.… 1602. Rptd. in Shakesp. Soc. Papers, 1847.

Certain Elegies done by sundrie excellent wits (Fr. Beau., M. Dr., N. H.) with satyres and epigrames.… 1618. Rptd. 1843.

Poems. By Francis Beaumont… 1640. [Containing Salmacis and Hermaphroditus, Remedie of Love, Elegy to Lady Markham, and other poems, some certainly not by Beaumont.]

Poems by Francis Beaumont… 1653. (Two editions.) [Containing the poems of the preceding volume with additional pieces by various authors.]

Poems. The Golden Remains of … Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher.… 1660. [Contents the same as those of the volume of 1653.]


Beaumont and Fletcher. The finest scenes, lyrics and other beauties of those two poets.… By Leigh Hunt. (Bohn’s Standard Library.) 1855.

Lamb’s Specimens. pp. 344–419.

Lyric Poems, the, of Beaumont and Fletcher. Ed. Rhys, E. 1897.

Lyrics from the dramatists of the Elizabethan age. Ed. Bullen, A. H. pp. 89–149. 1889.

Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher (selected). With an introduction by Fletcher, J. S. (Canterbury Poets.) 1887.

Songs from the Dramatists. Ed. Robert Bell. pp. 121–164. 1854.

Specimens of the British Poets… by Campbell, T. Vol. II, pp. 329–376. 1819.


Bahlsen, L. Spanische Quellen der dramatischen Litteratur besonders Englands zu Shakespeares Zeit. Zeitschrift für vergl. Litteratur, vol. VI, p. 151. 1893. [Deals with The Maid in the Mill and A Wife for a Month.]

Biographia Dramatica. Vol. II, Art. Beaumont.

Boyle, R. Shakespeare und Die beiden Vettern. Engl. Stud., vol. IV, pp. 34 ff. 1881.

Boyle, R. Massinger and The Two Noble Kinsmen. N. Shaksp. Soc. Trans., 1880–6, pp. 371–399.

—— Beaumont, Fletcher and Massinger. Engl. Stud., vol. v, pp. 74–96; vol. VII, pp. 66–87; vol. VIII, pp. 39–61; vol. IX, pp. 209–239; vol. X, pp. 380–412. 1882–7.

—— Henry VIII is by Massinger and Fletcher. N, Shaksp. Soc. Trans., 1880–6, pp. 443–487.

—— Mr. E. H. Oliphant on Beaumont and Fletcher. Engl. Stud., vol. XVII, p. 171; vol. XVIII, p. 292. 1892, 1893.

—— Review of Fleay’s Biographical Chronicle of the English Drama. Engl. Stud., vol. XVIII, pp. III ff. 1893.

—— Daborne’s share in the Beaumont and Fletcher Plays. Engl. Stud., vol. XXVI, p. 352. 1899.

—— Review of Thorndike’s Influence of Beaumont and Fletcher on Shakespeare. Engl. Stud., vol. XXXI, p. 414. 1902.

Bullen, A. H. Art. John Fletcher. Dict. of Nat. Biogr., vol. XIX. 1889.

Coleridge, S. T. Notes on Beaumont and Fletcher in Literary Remains of S. T. Coleridge (vol. II, pp. 289–322), 1836. Rptd. in Bohn’s Standard Library, ed. Ashe, T., 1883. [Mainly on the text, but with valuable critical remarks of a general kind.]

Crawford, C. Ben Jonson and The Bloody Brother. Shakesp. Jahrb., vol. XLI, p. 163. 1908.

Darley, G. Introduction to his edition. 1840.

De Perott, J. Beaumont and Fletcher and The Mirrour of Knighthood. Mod. Lang. Notes, vol. XXII, p. 76. 1907.

Delius, N. Die angebliche Shakespeare-Fletchersche Autorschaft des Dramas The Two Noble Kinsmen. Shakesp. Jahrb., vol. XIII. 1878.

Dyce, A. Biographical Memoir and Introductions to the separate plays in his edition. 1843–6.

Fleay, F. G. On Metrical Tests as applied to dramatic poetry. Part II. Fletcher, Beaumont and Massinger. N. Shaksp. Soc. Trans., 1874.

—— A Shakespeare Manual. 1876.

—— The Chronology of the plays of Fletcher and Massinger. Engl. Stud., vol. IX, pp. 12–35. 1886.

—— Annals of the career of Nathaniel Field. Engl. Stud., vol. XIII, pp. 28–35. 1889.

Fleay’s Chronicle of Stage. 1890.

—— English Drama. Vol. I, pp. 164–229.

Garnett, R. Ben Jonson’s probable authorship of Scene 2, Act IV of Fletcher’s Bloody Brother. Modern Philology, vol. II, p. 489. 1905.

Guskar, H. Fletchers Monsieur Thomas und seine Quellen. Anglia, vol. XXVIII, p. 397. 1905.

Hatcher, O. L. John Fletcher, a study in dramatic method. Chicago, 1905.

—— The Sources of Fletcher’s Monsieur Thomas. Anglia, vol. XXX, p. 89. 1907.

Hickson, S. The Shares of Shakespeare and Fletcher in The Two Noble Kinsmen. Westminster and Foreign Quarterly Review, April, 1847. Rptd. in N. Shaksp. Soc. Trans., 1874.

Introductions to the separate plays in the Variorum edition of Beaumont and Fletcher. 1904–8.

Koeppel, E. Quellenstudien zu den Dramen Ben Jonson’s John Marston’s und Beaumont’s und Fletcher’s. Münchener Beiträge, vol. XI. 1895.

Langbaine. pp. 203–218.

Leonhardt, B. Ueber Beaumont und Fletchers Knight of the Burning Pestle. Annaberg, 1885.

—— Bezichungen von Beaumont und Fletcher’s Philaster.… zu Shakespeare’s Hamlet und Cymbeline. Anglia, vol. VIII, p. 424. 1885. Koch, M. Review of the preceding. Engl. Stud., vol. IX. p. 361. 1886.

—— Bonduca. Engl. Stud., vol. XIII, p. 36. 1889.

—— Zu Beaumont und Fletcher’s Knight of the Burning Pestle. Engl. Stud., vol. XII, pp. 307–313. 1889.

—— Die Textvarianten von (i) Beaumont und Fletchers Philaster, or Love lies a Bleeding, nebst einer Zusammenstellung der Ausgaben, etc. Anglia, vol. XIX, pp. 34–74; (ii) The Knight of the Burning Pestle, vol. XIX, pp. 509–541; (iii) Bonduca, vol. XX, pp. 421–451; (iv) The Maid’s Tragedy, vol. XXIII, pp. 14–66; (v) Rule a Wife and Have a Wife, vol. XXIV, pp. 311–340; (vi) A King and No King, vol. XXVI, pp. 313–344; (vii) Thierry and Theodoret, vol. XXVI, pp. 345–363. 1897–1903.

Littledale, H. The Two Noble Kinsmen. Part II. Introduction, etc. N. Shaksp. Soc. Publ. 1885.

Macaulay, G. C. Francis Beaumont, a critical study. 1883.

Malone, E. Historical Account of the English Stage, in M.’s edition of Shakespeare. 1790. [Contains extracts from the Stationers’ register, Herbert’s Office-Book, etc.]

Mason, J. Monck. Comments on the Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher. 1797.

Mitford, J. Cursory notes on various passages in the text of Beaumont and Fletcher as edited by Dyce, A. 1856.

Murch, H. S. The Knight of the Burning Pestle. Edited with introduction, notes, etc. New York, 1908.

Oliphant, E. H. The Works of Beaumont and Fletcher. Engl. Stud., vol. XIV, pp. 53–94; vol. XV, pp. 321–360; vol. XVI, pp. 180–200. 1890–2.

Rapp, M. Studien über das englische Theater. Archiv für die neueren Sprachen, vol. XX, pp. 1–37. 1856.

Rosenbach, A. S. N. The Curious Impertinent in English Dramatic Literature.… Mod. Lang. Notes, vol. XVII, p. 357. 1902.

Salmacis and Hermaphroditus not by Francis Beaumont. Shakesp. Soc. Papers, vol. III, p. 94. 1847.

Schelling’s Elizabethan Drama. Vol. II, pp. 182–239.

Seward, T. Introduction to the 1750 edition of the Works (see above).

Spalding, W. Letter on Shakespeare’s authorship of The Two Noble Kinsmen. Edinburgh, 1833. Rptd. in N. Shaksp. Soc. Trans., 1876.

Spedding, H. On the several shares of Shakespeare and Fletcher in Henry VIII. N. Shaksp. Soc. Trans., Appendix, 1874.

Stiefel, A. L. Zur Quellenfrage von John Fletcher’s Monsieur Thomas. Engl. Stud., vol. XXXVI, p. 238. 1906.

—— Die Nachahmung Spanischer Komödien in England. Archiv für die neueren Sprachen, vol. XCIX, pp. 271–310. 1897. [Argues that Love’s Cure is derived from La fuerza de la costumbre of G. de Castro.

—— Review of Koeppel’s Quellen-studien. Zeitchr. für vergleich. Litt. vol. XII, p. 241. 1898.

—— Ueber die Quelle von J. Fletchers Island Princess. Archiv für die neueren Sprachen, vol. CIII, pp. 277–308. 1899.

Swinburne, A. C. Beaumont and Fletcher. Encyclopædia Britannica, 9th ed. 1875. Also printed in Studies in Prose and Poetry (pp. 53–83), 1894.

Thomspon, E. N. S. Elizabethan dramatic co-operation. Engl. Stud., vol. XL, p. 30. 1908.

Thorndike, A. H. The Influence of Beaumont and Fletcher on Shakespeare. 1901.

Ward. Vol. II, pp. 643–764.

Weber, H. Introduction, etc., in W.’s edition of Beaumont and Fletcher. 1812.

[In addition to many of the above]
A. Before 1800

Cibber, Theophilus. Lives of the Poets. Vol. I, pp. 154–164. 1753.

Collier, J. A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage. 1698.

Commendatory Verses prefixed to the folio of 1647.

Dryden, John. An Essay of Dramatic Poesy. 1668.

—— Defence of the Epilogue, or An Essay on the Dramatic Poetry of the Last Age. 1672.

—— Preface to Troilus and Cressida. 1679.

Flecknoe, R. A short Discourse on the English Stage. 1664.

Rymer, T. The Tragedies of the Last Age.… 1678.

B. From 1800

Aronstein, P. Die Moral des Beaumont-Fletcherschen Dramas. Anglia, vol. XXXI, p. 141. 1908.

Beaumont and Fletcher. National Quarterly Review, vol. XXXIII, p. 302. 1876.

Brereton, J. Le Gay. Marginalia on Beaumont and Fletcher, vols. I and II. Sydney University Library Publ., vols. III and IV.

Bullen, A. H. Art. Fletcher. Dict. of Nat. Biogr., vol. XIX. 1889.

Coleridge, S. T. Lectures and Notes on Shakespeare. In Literary Remains of S. T. C. Vol. II. 1836. Rptd. in Bohn’s Standard Library, 1883. [Contains many dispersed remarks on Beaumont and Fletcher.]

Courthope. Vol. IV, pp. 304–347. 1903.

Cowden Clarke, C. Beaumont and Fletcher. Gentleman’s Magazine, June, 1871.

Crofts, E. Chapters in the History of English Literature. pp. 258–283. 1884.

Cyclopaedia of English Literature. Ed. Chambers, R. Vol. I, pp. 203–210. 1843–4. New ed. Vol. I, pp. 468–477. 1901.

Donne, W. B. Essays on the Drama. pp. 34–66. 1863.

Dyce’s edition of Beaumont and Fletcher. Reviews in Edinburgh Review, July, 1847; Eclectic Magazine, Oct., 1847; Quarterly Review, Sept., 1848.


Greg, W. W. Pastoral Poetry and Pastoral Drama. pp. 264–282, 327–330. 1906.

Grosart, A. B. Art. Beaumont. Dict, of Nat. Biogr., vol. IV. 1885.

Hallam, H. Introduction to the Literature of Europe in the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. Vol. III, pp. 98–113. 1843.

Hazlitt, W. Lectures on the Elizabethan Drama. 1821.

Jusserand, E. Tr. Vol. II, pp. 812–821.

Lowell, R. The Old English Dramatists. pp. 100–112. 1892.

Mézières, A. Contemporains et successeurs de Shakespeare. 2nd ed. Paris, 1864. (Vol. II, p. 21.)

Saintsbury, G. History of Elizabethan Literature. pp. 254–266. 1887.

Schack, A. von. Die englischen Dramatiker vor, neben und nach Shakespeare. 1893.

Schelling’s Elizabethan Drama. Vol. II, pp. 182–239.

Schlegel, A. W. von. Ueber dramatische Kunst und Litteratur. Heidelberg. Vol. II, part 2, p. 288. 1811.

Swinburne, A. C. The earlier plays of Beaumont and Fletcher. In The English Review, May, 1910.

Symonds, J. A. Some Notes on Fletcher’s Valentinian. Fortnightly Review, Sept., 1886.

Thorndike, A. H. Tragedy. pp. 203–217. Boston and New York, 1908.