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Re: Notolycus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0651  Thurssday, 3 April 2003

From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 2 Apr 2003 18:34:56 +0100
Subject: 14.0633 Re: Notolycus
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0633 Re: Notolycus

David Lindley wrote,

>there is virtually no suggestion of the character [Autolycus]
>in Greene's Pandosto, his source for the play

Although there is stuff from Greene's _Second Part_and _Third Part of
Cony-Catching_ in his characterization.

John Pitcher reckons that Autolycus, a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing is
Shakespeare, a player's heart in a tiger's hide. Appropriately, there's
no wolf in Lamb's Winter's Tale. Pitcher's essay is "Some call him
Autolycus" in _In Arden: Editing Shakespeare: Essays in Honour of
Richard Proudfoot_ edited by Ann Thompson and Gordon McMullan (London:
Thomson Learning, 2003) pp. 252-65.

If, as Pitcher maintains, Autolycus's claim to be a fallen gentleman is
"a barefaced lie", it'd be a unique (am I right?) example of deceptive
soliloquy (4.3.13-4) to match the deception of the audience with the
supposed statue.

Gabriel Egan

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