Tuesday, April 13, 2021

In case you wondered …

 Did Shakespeare Base His Masterpieces on Works by an Obscure Elizabethan Playwright? | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

New research suggests that a long-forgotten playwright might be the source of some of Shakespeare’s most memorable works. As journalist Michael Blandingargues in North by Shakespeare: A Rogue Scholar’s Quest for the Truth Behind the Bard’s WorkSir Thomas North, who was born nearly 30 years before the Bard, may have penned early versions of All’s Well That Ends WellOthelloRichard IIA Winter’s TaleHenry VIII and several other plays later adapted by the better-known dramatist.

1 comment:

  1. Given that Shakespeare drew heaving on North's Plutarch for his Roman plays, one might expect some overlap in diction.