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Author: Katie Mennis
Date: Apr. 2, 2021
From: TLS. Times Literary Supplement(Issue 6157)
Publisher: NI Syndication Limited
Document Type: Book review
Length: 515 words
Lexile Measure: 1250L

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ERROR IN SHAKESPEARE

ALICE LEONARD

197pp. Palgrave Macmillan.

59.99 [pounds sterling] (paperback, 44.99 [pounds sterling]).

"We have scarce any book in the English tongue more fertile of errors than the plays of Shakespeare." So said the eighteenth-century Shakespeare editor Lewis Theobald, and so says Alice Leonard in Error in Shakespeare. Leonard argues that error is at its most fertile in Shakespeare's early comedies and histories; her study is accordingly limited to these plays, in which error is "casual" rather than "causally destructive", as it is in the tragedies (think of the handkerchief in Othello). A "defence of the centrality of error to Shakespeare" (in the words of Adam Smyth, who writes a foreword), this book wanders from the more strictly "erroneous" to the "errant" and the "erratical". It has...

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