Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 366. Sunday, 13 June 1993.
Date: Saturday, 12 Jun 1993 23:26:38 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 4.0361 Margaret, Lilith, and Shakespeare
Comment: Re: SHK 4.0361 Margaret, Lilith, and Shakespeare
Malvina Engelberg hints that commentary on Margaret in the Henry VI plays and
in RICHARD III is rare. May I direct her to the bibliographies of Judith
Hinchcliffe and James A. Moore (Garland Shakespeare Bibliographies)? Margaret
has not been neglected by the critics. Thomas McNeal in SQ 9 (1958):1-10,
traces Margaret's origin to KING LEIR rather than Jewish myth. Harold Brooks
traces a Senecan origin (MLR 75, 1980:721-37). And let's not forget those 16th
century history books that Louis B. Wright surveys for us. If Lillith is going
to be added to the list of possible sources, I think we need some specific,
concrete parallels. In what precise ways is Lillith like Margaret?
Yours, Bill Godshalk