Wednesday, March 17, 2010

But wait! I still haven't finished Pericles, Prince of Tyre!

There could well be another Shakespeare play:

[A] little-known 18th century play Double Falshood was propelled into the literary limelight today when it was claimed as a lost Shakespeare.

Professor Brean Hammond of Nottingham University will publish compelling new evidence next week that the play, a romantic tragi-comedy by Lewis Theobald is – as the author always maintained it was – substantially based on a real Shakespeare play called Cardenio.

Hammond has been backed in his assertion by the Shakespeare publisher Arden ...
Call me a fuddy-duddy, but the historical scholarship on Shakespeare achieved to date has done little to give confidence in this "compelling new evidence." Also, what kind of name is Brean?

Then again, maybe. Almost anything is possible. Almost. Every self-respecting Shakespeare geek has heard of a lost play entitled Cardenio, but everything past that gets cloudy quickly.

It bears watching.

1 comment:

Duane said...

You're right, we do! The gang over at ShakespeareGeek have been up on the whole Double Falshood / Cardenio thing for several years now. The real news this week appears to be the Arden connection - having the play published as part of the Complete works is certainly a vote of confidence.

Come join the party :)