Michael Dobson: Shakespeare’s Last Plays
6 June 2019
Show More Shakespeare’s Lyric Stage: Myth, Music and Poetry in the Last Plays by Seth Lerer.
Chicago, 276 pp., £20.50, November 2018, 978 0 226 58254 2Show More
“... cave and exercises magical powers derived from his books. The plots of the late plays revert nakedly towards fairy tale, in ways Ben Jonson, for one, found embarrassing: in 1614, in the induction to Bartholomew Fair, Jonson promised that his play would not include a ‘servant-monster’ like Caliban, and he ridiculed The Two Noble Kinsmen in the play itself. In ‘An Ode on Himself’, 15 years later ...”