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<i>Henry VIII</i> and <i>The Two Noble Kinsmen</i> with John Fletcher

Brian Vickers

in Shakespeare, Co-Author

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780199269167
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191699368 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269167.003.0006
Henry VIII and The Two Noble Kinsmen with John Fletcher

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This chapter describes Henry VIII and The Two Noble Kinsmen. Scholarly discussion of these two plays that Shakespeare wrote together with John Fletcher has followed a by now familiar pattern: (i) in the mid-nineteenth century pioneering work identifies the scenes written by each dramatist; (ii) these findings are consolidated by other scholars, using different methods; (iii) Shakespeare 'conservators' deny the findings, asserting his sole authorship; and (iv) a recent generation of scholars, using more powerful analytical tools, validates the originally proposed divisions. The pattern being familiar, in discussing these two co-authored plays there is little need to follow out every move for and against. In particular, the chapter addresses the respective methodologies in enough detail to enable readers to understand and evaluate them.

Keywords: John Fletcher; Henry VIII; The Two Noble Kinsmen; Shakespeare; authorship

Chapter.  43025 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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