The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1144 Friday, 2 June 2000.
Date: Thursday, 01 Jun 2000 18:04:10 -0400
I've been away from SHAKSPER for a few weeks, so hope this will not be
redundant. I don't recall this being discussed on the list except some
references in the thread on names in Othello. These were slight,
however, and didn't address this query from a friend of mine:
"Nancy, please enlighten me: Why is it so difficult to get a copy
(English translation) of De Gli Hecatommithi (Hundred Tales) by Cinthio?
I've tried local college libraries, bookstores, online-it's nowhere to
be found. In case you're scratching your egg, this was the group of
stories from which Shakespeare swiped Othello, Measure for Measure, and
so forth. That's about all I know of it."
I said I didn't recall any discussions of Cinthio that get anywhere near
the complexity as discussions of other sources, and I would run it up
the SHAKSPER flagpole. Would appreciate any light you can shed on
this. I think someone posted an URL for the Italian original, but
that's not much help if you don't read Italian!