2001

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2078  Friday, 31 August 2001

From:           Hugh Davis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 30 Aug 2001 11:12:49 -0400
Subject:        Re: you only ever hear from me when I want a favor

I pass on a query from a former professor of mine, regarding a quotation
from William Butler Yeats:

In 1905 WBY wrote,

"One day, as he [Shakespeare] sat over Holinshed's _History of England_,
he persuaded himself that Richard the Second, with his French culture,
'his too great friendliness to his friends', his beauty of mind, and his
fall before dry, repelling Bolingbroke, would be a good image for an
accustomed mood of fanciful, impracticable lyricism in his own mind."

The quotation is not in _RII_ nor anywhere else in Shakespeare. Nor is
it included in the extracts from Holinshed that are typically printed in
some editions of the play.

So there it is, presumably a phrase lifted from Holinshed, but perhaps
not. I'm honestly not expecting even the SHAKSPEReans to be able to
answer this offhand, but thought it would be worth a shot.

Thanks again,
Steve

Can anyone up here help identify the full passage from which this
quotation
is drawn?  If you want to, please contact me offlist at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you,

Hugh Davis

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