The Testaments of John Davidson

John DAVIDSON (1857 - 1909)

The oft-maligned Testaments of John Davidson work as a sublime, psychopathic post-Nietzchean (Zarathustra was merely Davidson's springboard into a deeper transcendence) prologue to his impending suicide in 1909. After a warmly receptive life of ballad making and the like (benevolent pedagogy and inclusion in the chintzy Rhymer's Club), a by then poverty-stricken, neglected Davidson could sharpen his mind toward the completion of a more pristine art. Subsequently, we are given the meanest gap between symbolism and modernism (an expressionistic, Schopenhauerian materialist monism in monologic profile a la Browning, a demented Kipling) on record, a Marlowe-level blank verse masterwork of the now, warping into a demented, ironically (intended or not, certainly unfunded and ignored by anyone in charge) nationalist individualism, a system of self-deification, the final scream of a decaying genius. (Summary by kilpatrick83)

Genre(s): Single author

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 The Testament of a Vivisector kilpatrick83
Play 02 The Testament of an Empire-Builder kilpatrick83
Play 03 The Testament of a Prime Minister kilpatrick83
Play 04 Excerpt from The Theatrocrat kilpatrick83
Play 05 The Testament of John Davidson (Part 1) kilpatrick83
Play 06 The Testament of John Davidson (Part 2) kilpatrick83
Play 07 The Testament of John Davidson (Part 3) kilpatrick83
Play 08 The Testament of John Davidson (Part 4) kilpatrick83
Play 09 St. Valentine's Eve (Fleet Street Ecologues) kilpatrick83