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Re: Hermeticism
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1496  Thursday, 6 June 2002

From:           Hugh Grady <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Jun 2002 14:53:20 -0400
Subject: 13.1491 Re: Hermeticism
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.1491 Re: Hermeticism

The verbal parallels between Gonzalo's speech in "The Tempest" and the
John Florio translation of Montaigne's "Of the Cannibals" are so close
that I can't see room for a reasonable doubt that Shakespeare lifted the
passage from Florio's Montaigne. There's also a very strong, though
indirect case to be made for the thesis that Montaignean ideas on
subjectivity and knowledge either strongly impacted on Shakespeare or
that Shakespeare was a kindred intellectual spirit, as well. There was a
very interesting discussion of all this at the World Shakespeare
Conference of 2001 in Valencia in a seminar on Shakespeare and
Montaigne, and I could list off-line a number of us who have been
writing on this issue.

--Hugh Grady

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