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Looking for Shakespeare in <i>Double Falsehood</i>: Stylistic Evidence

MacDonald P. Jackson

in The Quest for Cardenio

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641819
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191749025 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641819.003.0007
Looking for Shakespeare in Double Falsehood: Stylistic Evidence

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This chapter assesses stylistic evidence for supposing that Lewis Theobald’s Double Falsehood had its basis in at least one manuscript descended from the Cardenio known to have been performed by the King’s Men in 1613, and for crediting Humphrey Moseley’s 1653 attribution of Cardenio to Fletcher and Shakespeare. In particular it tests the allocations of the great attribution scholar E. H. C. Oliphant, who considered that Theobald’s revising hand could be detected in every scene of Double Falsehood, but attempted to distinguish between stretches of text (a) almost entirely by Fletcher, (b) containing a Fletcherian substratum, (c) containing a Shakespearean substratum, and (d) of Theobald’s own invention. Previously advanced evidence is evaluated and new analyses are carried out: of pauses within verse lines, linguistic forms and expletives, and (most significantly) phrases that Literature Online reveals to be peculiar to one of the three dramatists: Theobald, Fletcher, and Shakespeare.

Keywords: authorship; attribution; style; parallels; Literature Online; Shakespeare; Fletcher; Theobald; Oliphant

Chapter.  13885 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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