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Shakespeare and Stage Costume

By Wilde, Oscar

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Book Id: WPLBN0000673325
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: Shakespeare and Stage Costume  
Author: Wilde, Oscar
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Literature, Poetry
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Publisher: The Victorian Prose Archive


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Wilde, O., & Alfred J. Drak, E. B. (n.d.). Shakespeare and Stage Costume. Retrieved from

Victorian Literature

Excerpts: IN many of the somewhat violent attacks which have recently been made on that splendor of mounting which now characterizes our Shakespearian revivals in England, it seems to have been tacitly assumed by the critics that Shakespeare himself was more or less indifferent to the costume of his actors, and that, could he see Mr. Irving?s production of his Much Ado about Nothing, or Mr. Wilson Barrett?s setting of his Hamlet, he would probably say that the play, and the play only, is the thing, and that everything else is leather and prunella. While, as regards any historical accuracy in dress, Lord Lytton, in an article in this Review, has laid it down as a dogma of art that archaeology is entirely out of place in any play of Shakespeare?s, and that the attempt to introduce it is one of the stupidest pedantries of an age of prigs.


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