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The Quest for Cardenio: Shakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play

David Carnegie and Gary Taylor


Celebrating the quatercenary of publication of the first translation of Don Quixote, this book addresses the ongoing debates about the lost Jacobean play The History of Cardenio, based on Cervantes, and commonly claimed to be by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher. It also re-examines Lewis Theobald’s 1727 adaptation Double Falsehood. Offering new research findings based on a range of approaches — new historical evidence, employment of advanced computer-aided stylometric tests for authorship attribution, early modern theatre history, literary and theatrical analysis, study of the source mate ... More

Keywords: Cardenio, Shakespeare, Fletcher, Theobald, Double Falsehood, authorship, Cervantes, early modern theatre, stylometric tests, theatrical adaptation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199641819
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641819.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Carnegie, editor
Professor of Theatre, Victoria University of Wellington

Gary Taylor, editor
George Matthew Edgar Professor of English, Florida State University

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Part I Setting the Stage

1 Introduction

David Carnegie

3 After Arden

Brean Hammond

Part II External Evidence: What the Documents Say

Part III Internal Evidence: What Style and Structure Say

Part IV Intertexts and Cross-currents

Part V Cardenio for Performance

20 Reimagining Cardenio

Bernard Richards

End Matter