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The Quest for CardenioShakespeare, Fletcher, Cervantes, and the Lost Play$
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David Carnegie and Gary Taylor

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199641819

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641819.001.0001

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Malone’s Double Falsehood *

Malone’s Double Falsehood *

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The Quest for Cardenio

Ivan Lupić

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the marginal notes Edmond Malone made in his copy of the second issue of the 1728 edition of Double Falsehood. Malone’s observations are placed in the context of other eighteenth-century attempts to understand the relationship between Theobald’s play and (The History of) Cardenio, especially those of Isaac Reed and George Steevens, hitherto neglected by scholars. New information on the fate of the surviving external evidence relating to Double Falsehood and Cardenio is presented and interpreted within the larger framework of eighteenth-century attribution studies. The insights gained from this act of historical recovery are then brought to bear on the current discussion of Shakespeare’s collaborative plays.

Keywords:   Cardenio, Double Falsehood, Lewis Theobald, Edmond Malone, George Steevens, Isaac Reed, collaboration, attribution, external evidence, marginalia

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