OverviewThis is the finest critical edition of the two earliest comedies written by John Lyly, who was a major playwright on the London scene just as Shakespeare was starting to write. This edition establishes a text of Sappho and Phao on the basis of a first edition never before recognised as such, and re-edits Campaspe from its earlier editions as well. The substantial introductions and commentary notes give a new view of Lyly's learning, style, wit and theatrical genius, along with the presentation of the battle of the sexes that offered such vital models for the early Shakespeare.The editors have worked together to ensure that the two plays in this joint edition will complement and illuminate each other. The plays are set in their historical, literary and theatrical context. With modernised spelling, explanations of difficult passages and extensive footnotes, this book will be a welcome addition for anyone interested in English Renaissance Drama.This volume is part of an ongoing project to publish all of Lyly's work in the Revels Plays series. It follows Endymion, and an edition of Galatea and Midas is scheduled for October 1999.