The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1550 Thursday, 2 September 1999.
Date: Wednesday, 1 Sep 1999 08:22:33 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Three Muses/Pyramus and Thisbe
Editors from Warburton to Singer saw references to Spenser and The Tears
of the Muses, in various ways; belief in some connection persists: see
eg Brooks Arden ed (1979), Bednarz (1983) cited Holland Oxford ed
(1994). Knight in 1839 suggested Greene; Massey in 1866 Marlowe;
E.K.Chambers in 1930 Tasso (though despite the silence of my notes on
the point, I thought the connection with Tasso was mentioned earlier).
Holland has a good succinct note; Brooks has two notes ad.loc., and a
fuller discussion in his introduction xxxviii-ix.
Bullough Sources I.411-22 prints a playlet of Pyramus and Thisbe from a
BM MS. Discussing this at I.375 he calls it 'hitherto unprinted', and
quotes E.K.Chambers tentative attribution of it to Nathaniel Richards
(fl.1630-54). Saad M. Gamal in an essay on MND and Rom (Cairo Studies
in English , 1963-66, pp.109-17) says p.110 n.1 that for purposes of
comparison with MND's Pyramus and Thisbe he has used the version of
Golding's Ovid printed by Furness (1895 Variorum) and 'A dramatic
rendering in one act (date unspecified) ascribed to M. Roydon and
included in The Drama vol. V, 1915'; the title Gamal gives makes clear
that this is the same as the text printed by Bullough.
I do not know a multivolume anthology called The Drama, of 1915; I
didn't find it in OPAC97 using that title and date, but have not
searched elsewhere. Can someone help me with a fuller reference? And
has anyone any further information about authorship?