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Double Falshood is newly attributed to Shakespeare, having been long believed to be a forgery by Lewis Theobald, this volume’s editor. The play is based on the “Cardenio” episode in Cervantes’s Don Quixote, and has been traced to an entry in the Stationers’ Register (the copyright registry of the day) by Humphrey Moseley on September 9, 1653, under the alternate title “The History of Cardenio, by Mr Fletcher and Shakespeare.” Upon publication in 1728, the authority of Theobald’s source text was immediately questioned, but in a note facing the title page he describes how, “at a considerable expense, [he] purchased the manuscript copy of an original play of William Shakespeare… and with great labour and pains, revised and adapted the same to the stage.”  The play did not officially become part of the Shakespeare canon until 2010, when editors of the Arden Shakespeare edition accepted it as authentic.

 

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