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Olivia=I, Viola
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2038  Tuesday, 21 October 2003

From:           Todd Pettigrew <
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Date:           Monday, 20 Oct 2003 16:19:18 -0300
Subject:        Olivia=I, Viola

Friends of mine have recently named their baby daughter Olivia.
Experienced amateur actors and Shakespeare enthusiasts as they are, they
got to wondering whether there was any significance to the fact that a
character named Olivia appears in the same play, Twelfth Night, as a
character named Viola, and that each of these names is nearly an anagram
for the other.

Has there been any critical comment on this issue?  I know that much has
been made of Caliban's name (an anagram for "canibal"), but has there
ever been a more general study of anagrams in Shakespeare?

Curiously,
Todd Pettigrew

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