Death's Jest Book, Paperback / softback Book


"Death's Jest-Book" is the extravagant expression of Thomas Lovell Beddoes's lifelong obsession with mortality and immortality, a surrealising of Renaissance revenge tragedy, alight with treachery, murder, sorcery and haunting.

Conceived as a satirical tragedy unmasking the terror of death, it contains some of the most powerful dramatic blank verse by any of the British Romantics.

After early acclaim as a lyric poet and dramatist, Beddoes (1803-49) is only now emerging from a century and a half of neglect.

This is the first affordable modern edition to present the "Jest-Book" in its earliest complete form, as Beddoes intended to publish it in 1829.

The text is supplemented by Michael Bradshaw's introduction, notes and outline of the publication history.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 123 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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  • Category: Theatre studies
  • ISBN: 9781857545999

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