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Re: The Puritan
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0120  Friday, 24 January 2003

From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Jan 2003 11:08:05 -0500
Subject: 14.0111 Donald Foster on William Strachey
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0111 Donald Foster on William Strachey

I am missing the context of Gerald Downs's discussion of the play The
Puritan. However, I have had the impression that authorship studies of
the play have generally agreed in an attribution to Thomas Middleton.
The last I heard, The Puritan is supposed to be included in the Oxford
Complete Works of Middleton when it is finally published. Middleton was
writing for the Children of St. Paul's in 1606 and 1607. The play is
certainly a city comedy in the same vein as most of Middleton's
contemporaneous work. It also figures prominently for condemnation in an
antitheatrical sermon by William Crashaw, the Puritan father of the
later Catholic poet Richard.

Jack Heller

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