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Re: Notolycus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0627  Tuesday, 1 April 2003

From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Monday, 31 Mar 2003 11:45:43 -0500
Subject: Notolycus
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'.

T. Hawkes

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