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Cinthio
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1144  Friday, 2 June 2000.

From:           Nancy Charlton <
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Date:           Thursday, 01 Jun 2000 18:04:10 -0400
Subject:        Cinthio

I've been away from SHAKSPER for a few weeks, so hope this will not be
redundant.  I don't recall this being discussed on the list except some
references in the thread on names in Othello.  These were slight,
however, and didn't address this query from a friend of mine:

"Nancy, please enlighten me: Why is it so difficult to get a copy
(English translation) of De Gli Hecatommithi (Hundred Tales) by Cinthio?
I've tried local college libraries, bookstores, online-it's nowhere to
be found.  In case you're scratching your egg, this was the group of
stories from which Shakespeare swiped Othello, Measure for Measure, and
so forth. That's about all I know of it."

I said I didn't recall any discussions of Cinthio that get anywhere near
the complexity as discussions of other sources, and I would run it up
the SHAKSPER flagpole.  Would appreciate any light you can shed on
this.  I think someone  posted an URL for the Italian original, but
that's not much help if you don't read Italian!

Thanks,
Nancy Charlton
 

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