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Q: Coriolanus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0212  Wednesday, 11 March 1998.

From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Mar 1998 14:54:37 -0500
Subject:        Query: Coriolanus

A friend of mine who has read a lot of Edwardian and post-Edwardian
memoirs tells me that *Coriolanus* was recognized as a formative
influence on British officer types in the period before WWI.  Does
anyone out there know of similar effects in C18-19?  Later C20?
Specific refs. welcome.

On a related line: Sam Schoenbaum avers in his account of the play's
stage history that John Philip Kemble's production of 1789 was "not
especially mindful . . . of topical resonances" (new Signet ed., 312).
Given what was going on in France that year the remark strikes me as
remarkable, and I wonder if the contemporary comments on the production
support it.  (Might be worth somebody's while to check it out, if you
don't already have the material in your files.)

Dave Evett

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