The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1432 Tuesday, 28 May 2002
Date: Friday, 24 May 2002 21:11:56 -0400
Subject: More Theobald
In hopes of clarifying the pronunciation of Theobald's name, I wrote to
Peter Seary himself. His reply follows:
As for the pronunciation of [Theobald's] name, I suppose (following
Sutherland) that he pronounced it trisyllabically, which is how I
pronounce it when referring to him as an editor and historical figure;
on the other hand, when referring to the figure created by Pope in The
Dunciad, I often say Tibbald, thereby emphasizing the difference between
the man himself and Pope's fiction/creation for the purposes of satire.
I hope this helps.
With all best wishes,
University of Rhode Island
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