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In their 1980 article 'Wit, Wisdom, and Theatricality in The Book of Sir Thomas More', Charles Forker and Joseph Candido lament the relative neglect of the play by literary critics, and the consequent paucity of readings of the play 'from an aesthetic point of view'. As David Kastan proposes, Sir Thomas More offers one of the most intriguing examples of collaboration that has survived from the early modern period. Not printed in the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries, modern editions of the play rely upon a manuscript for a source-text, comprising a fair copy in a single hand together with fragmentary additions or revisions in several other hands of making. In Sir Thomas More, More's name is related to a series of significant acts of naming which recur throughout the play, and the connectedness of name and authority is made explicit.

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The sense of early modern writing

Rhetoric, poetics, aesthetics


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