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A Letter on Shakspere's Authorship of The Two Noble Kinsmen

and on the characteristics of Shakspere's style and thesecret of his supremacy

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Published: 1876
Language: English
Wordcount: 59,572 / 187 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.9
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 329
Added to site: 2011.09.28 30822

with an addition by John Hill Burton

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e[xi:1] are mine. I only regret that the very large amount of his time--so much wanted for other pressing duties,--which Mr Harold Littledale has given to his extremely careful edition of The Two Noble Kinsmen for us, has thrown on me, who know the Play so much less intimately than he does, the duty of writing these Forewords. But we shall get his mature opinion in his Introduction to the Play in a year or two[xi:2].


3, St George's Square, Primrose Hill, London, N.W., Sept. 27-Oct. 13, 1876.


[v:1] Unsure myself as to the form of oxlip root-leaves, and knowing nothing of the use of marigolds alluded to in the lines

"Oxlips in their cradles growing, Marigolds on death-beds blowing,"

also seeing no fancy even if there were fact in 'em, I applied to the best judge in England known to me, Dr R. C. A. Prior, author of the Popular Names of British Plants; and he says "I am quite at a loss for the meaning of



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