A History of <i>The History of Cardenio</i>

Gary Taylor

in The Quest for Cardenio

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641819
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191749025 | DOI:
A History of The History of Cardenio

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This chapter re-examines and reinterprets key seventeenth-century documents concerning The History of Cardenio and its relationship to Cervantes, Fletcher, Shakespeare, Beaumont, the King’s Men, their composer Robert Johnson, the publisher Humphrey Moseley, and the scholar-writer Edmund Gayton. By this process it narrows the range of plausible candidates for the 1613 play, connects it to seventeenth-century English responses to Cervantes and Spain, and relates it to patterns in the transformation of prose narratives into drama. It also provides detailed new stylometric evidence for Fletcher’s authorship of a song by Johnson based on an episode in Don Quixote, and for the presence in Double Falsehood of writing by Theobald, Fletcher, and Shakespeare. It concludes that the ‘lost play’ is not entirely lost, but survives in fragments, which may be identified by careful historical and stylometric analysis.

Keywords: Cardenio; Shakespeare; Fletcher; Cervantes; Theobald; Robert Johnson; Edmund Gayton; stylometrics

Chapter.  26967 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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