Shakespeare and Garrick by Vanessa CunninghamShakespeare and Garrick by Vanessa Cunningham

Shakespeare and Garrick

byVanessa Cunningham

Paperback | June 16, 2011

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Much has been written about the acting style of David Garrick, the eighteenth century's greatest actor-manager, but this book, unusually, claims a place for him within Shakespeare studies as a literary as well as a theatrical figure. It analyses several of Garrick's alterations of Shakespeare's plays in which he took the lead, and traces his close involvement with the major Shakespeare editors of the period, including his friend Samuel Johnson. Admirers claimed that Garrick's performances illuminated the playtexts better than the commentaries of scholarly editors. His reputation as Shakespeare's living representative and best interpreter was so high that he was involved in most Shakespeare-related projects of his day, not least the Jubilee at Stratford. While Garrick lived, the imminent divorce of 'stage' and 'page' could not take place. In this 2008 text, Cunningham shows how vital a resource Garrick's collection of early plays in English has been to generations of Shakespeare scholars.
Title:Shakespeare and GarrickFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:June 16, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521286425

ISBN - 13:9780521286428


Table of Contents

Prologue: Garrick's alterations of Shakespeare - a note on texts; 1. Garrick and Shakespeare - before the divorce of stage and page; 2. The contexts of Garrick's alterations of Shakespeare; 3. 'To give the actor more eclat' - Garrick's earliest alterations of Shakespeare; 4. 'Rebottling' Shakespeare - Garrick in mid-career (1753-68); 5. (Entr'acte): Celebrating Shakespeare on page and stage in 1769; 6. 'Parental and filial capacities' - King Lear and Hamlet; 7. Epilogue - Garrick's legacy to Shakespeare studies; Bibliography.

Editorial Reviews

Review of the hardback: 'Cunningham's study provokes a thoughtful, focused analysis of a figure central to eighteenth-century culture whose work has received far too little critical attention in recent years.' Literature and History