Birth of Shakespeare Studies: Commentators from Rowe (1709 by Arthur Sherbo

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Folkes's only other suggestion was in an area in which he was an expert. Theobald had requested information about coins in a letter to Folkes of November 17, 1731, also taking occasion to thank him for his "fine emendation" upon A Midsummer Night's Dream (Lit. , II. 618620). Theobald wrote as follows of a reference to a "Face so thin,/That in mine ear I durst not stick a rose,/Lest men should say, 'look, where three-farthings goes' ": In this very obscure Passage our Poet is anticipating the Date of another Coin; humourously to rally a thin Face, eclipsed, as it were, by a full-blown Rose.

The passage was to give difficulty to future editors. Brabantio says "I never yet did hear,/That bruis'd heart was pierc'd through the ear," which Warburton emended to "piec'd" and which subsequent editors followed, although "pierc'd" is right (Othello, VII. 16). The "great Oneyres" of 1 Henry IV also proved a stumbling-block for editors. " (III. 13). 18 Dr. Thomas Bentley, mentioned in Theobald's Preface, coincided with Warburton in one conjecture of no great importance in Othello (VII. 31). 19 However, Anonymous enters the picture.

Plumptree, Esq; Others to the Favour of anonymous Persons: for all which I most gladly render my Acknowledgements. Styan Thirlby, "critic and theologian" the DNB calls him, Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, had once intended to edit Shakespeare himself. Some volumes of Thirlby's annotated copy of Warburton's Shakespeare were later used by Dr. 9 Of Hawley Bishop there 6 Quoted in R. E Jones, Lewis Theobald . . (New York, 1919), p. 164. I take my facts in the above paragraph from this work. 7 Quoted in Jones, Theobald, p.

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