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Re: Garrick's Text
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0508  Monday, 22 March 1999.

[1]     From:   Peter Holland <
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        Date:   Friday, 19 Mar 1999 14:47:31 GMT
        Subj:   Query about Garrick's Text for 1754 Coriolanus

[2]     From:   Jim Shaw <
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        Date:   Monday, 22 Mar 1999 14:51:11 GMT
        Subj:   Re: query about Garrick's text for 1754 Coriolanus


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From:           Peter Holland <
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Date:           Friday, 19 Mar 1999 14:47:31 GMT
Subject: 10.0443 Query about Garrick's Text for 1754 Coriolanus
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0443 Query about Garrick's Text for 1754 Coriolanus

Mary Jane Chaffee asks

>If anyone knows what text Garrick used in his 11 November 1754
>personation of Coriolanus, or where I could locate that information,
>I would be much obliged.  Many thanks.

Garrick went back to Shakespeare's text, the first time it had been used
for more than thirty years. The text is almost certainly the one
published in Bell's edition of Shakespeare in 1774, announced as being
taken from the Drury Lane prompt copy, with annotation by Francis
Gentleman. The alterations to the text and details of the production are
excellently described by John Ripley in his recent book Coriolanus on
Stage in England and America, 1609-1994 (Farleigh Dickinson University
Press, 1998) pp.108-114

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From:           Jim Shaw <
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Date:           Monday, 22 Mar 1999 14:51:11 GMT
Subject:        Re: query about Garrick's text for 1754 Coriolanus

In 'Shakespeare from Betterton to Irving', George Odell claims that the
1754 text used by Garrick was 'probably to be found in Bell's
Shakespeare, 1773' (vol.1, p.355), a claim repeated by Philip Brockbank
in his Arden edition (1976).

The Oxford edition, edited by R.B. Parker (1994), claims the text is
reprinted in 'Bell's British Theatre (1774), vol.xi.   You may be able
to find more information to be found in John Ripley's 'Coriolanus on
stage in England and America, 1609-1994' (Associated University Press,
1998).

Yours,
Jim Shaw
Librarian
Shakespeare Institute
 

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