The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0627 Tuesday, 1 April 2003
Date: Monday, 31 Mar 2003 11:45:43 -0500
Comment: SHK 14.0617 Notolycus
Graham Hall notes that a recent Cambridge production of WT deleted
Autolycus entirely. Of course. Crass insouciance, confidently fostered,
is the common coin of that quarter. But Autolycus remains the fulcrum of
Shakespeare's play. Simon Forman's eye-witness account of a performance
the Globe Theatre in 1611 devotes almost a third of its length to him.
Even Dr Johnson grasped the point. His account of the play mentions no
other character but Autolycus, whom he describes as 'very naturally
conceived and strongly represented'.
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