Homage, hatred, and historical license underscore the tragedy of Mary, Queen of Scots. Acclaimed for centuries, her magnetic personna as both a queen and a woman has been immortalized through the works of many world renowned authors. Their vision and recreation of her extraordinary life and death is put into literary and historical perspective for the reader. The quarter centenary of her death (1987) marks her victory as a preeminent figure for all time.
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1989. XXII, 268 pp.
Contents: Dr. Brandwein's book, Mary Queen of Scots inNineteenth and twentieth century Drama: Poetic Licensewith History is a valuable, informative, and comprehensive study of the dramatic interpretations of the politics of
power (Mary vs. Elizabeth), religion (Mary vs. John Knox), and passion (Mary and Darnley and Bothwell). Historical personnas
come to life in the dramas of Friedrich Schiller, Pierre-Antoine Lebrun, Juljusz Slowacki, Bj¿rnsterne Bjørnson, Algernon
Swinburne. Maxwell Anderson, and Robert Bolt among others. This book is a must for those readers interested in the timeliness
of the subject matter (this is the quarter centenary of Mary Stuart's courageous and tragic death on February 8, 1587 and
its invaluable insights.)