Elizabethan Acting

Elizabethan Acting

Elizabethan Acting

Elizabethan Acting


The spelling of my sources has been maintained in quotation; but contractions have been expanded except for the ampersand. For major quotations from Shakespeare the text of the First Folio (1623) has been used: where it has been necessary to quote from one or other of the Quartos, the fact is noted.

It is simple to acknowledge the help received in writing this book; difficult to convey accurately the quality of my debt both to individuals and institutions. My first encouragement came from Professor E. C. Llewellyn of the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, to the Librarian of which, Mr. S. O. Moffet, and his Staff I owe more than they perhaps realize. During the early stages of this work I was guided and encouraged by Mr. Nevill Coghill. Later I have benefited from the comment and encouragement of Professor C. M. Bowra, Mr. J. B. Bamborough, Dr. Percy Simpson, Professor Lord David Cecil, and Professor J. R. R. Tolkien.

I have been fortunate enough to be able to understand from personal experience why so many prefaces bear witness to the help and kindness of the Staff of the Bodleian Library, of Mr. Strickland Gibson, Dr. Hunt, and Dr. Hassall.

I must emphasize the nature of my debt to Professor F. P. Wilson. I have benefited from his suggestions, and from his calling my attention to facts which I am confident I should otherwise have continued to overlook.

It is to the generosity of the University of Wales that I owe the leisure necessary for that large part of the work done during my tenure of a Fellowship.


April 1950 . . .

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