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Re: Endings of Titus Andronicus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0427  Thursday, 6 March 2003

From:           Claude Caspar <
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Date:           Friday, 28 Feb 2003 12:36:00 -0500
Subject: 14.0421 Re: Endings of Titus Andronicus
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0421 Re: Endings of Titus Andronicus

That the Ur question was answered in the very first post would have
exhausted many a thread, though I have enjoyed this thread- this play
having special meaning for me.

There is a fabulous book of critical essays on TA, with many reviews of
it in production- first 374 pages critics at large, then 125 pages
specific stage reviews.

Titus Andronicus
Critical Essays
edited by Philip Kolin

There is an interesting essay by H T Price on "The Authorship of TA."
(Pretty much presents a compelling treatment reluctantly attributing it
en toto to WS: "No convincing evidence has been brought forward which
could connect Titus with any other dramatist.) Reluctantly, since this
issue like so many touchstones regarding his oeuvre, He transcends our
preconceptions by not revealing any of his own. Also, as Jan Kott
observes, even though 35 people die in this play, not counting the
marginals, "& at least ten major murders are committed in view of the
audience.",  "Titus is by no means the most brutal of Shakespeare's
plays."  Our Author, most sensitive to how he was received, found new
ways to play.

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