Comic Theory in the Sixteenth Century

Comic Theory in the Sixteenth Century

Comic Theory in the Sixteenth Century

Comic Theory in the Sixteenth Century

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It is impossible now to recall the many aids that members of the staff of the University Library have given me during the preparation of this monograph. I wish, however, to mention in particular the unfailing kindness of Miss Isabelle Grant, Librarian of the Rare Book Room, and of Miss Georgia Coffin, her assistant. Dr. Marguerite Little, Graduate Research Assistant, not only helped me with books but also read the typescript. Dr. Edwin W. Robbins, now at Ohio State University, who used to share a table with me in the Rare Book Room, also used to share his researches among the Terentian commentators. To Professor Kenneth M. Abbott of Ohio State University I owe a special debt. In fact, without Professor Abbott's expert advice, I probably would not have tried to translate the long, involved periods of Robortellus' Latin essay on comedy, here included in an appendix. Professor Harris Fletcher, my colleague and an editor of this series, suggested several changes for the better in the original typescript. Neither Professor Fletcher nor Professor Abbott, however, can be held responsible for any errors remaining in my interpretations of critical matter or in my numerous English translations from the Latin. Any one who has struggled with Renaissance Latin well knows the difficulty of finding suitable English words for the original. In many instances, literal translation is impossible; we can merely hope to preserve what we hope is the sense. For well known ancient rhetoricians and critics, such as Cicero, Horace, Quintilian, and Aristotle, there are excellent English translations, and I have made extensive use of the invaluable Loeb Classical Library. There are no adequate English translations, however, for many lesser known ancients and for most of the Renaissance rhetoricians, critics, and commentators; with these I have had to do the best I could. Proper identification of the passages translated will, I trust, enable scholars to check what I have done. Most of the material in Chapter II, and some of that in Chapter III, has already appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech.

Urbana, 1949 MARVIN T. HERRICK

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