John Suckling: The Goblins

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  • Glyn Pursglove (University of Wales, Swansea)

The Goblins cannot be dated with certainty, but an allusion to Suckling's own “Sessions of the Poets” or “The Wits” suggest a date after the summer of 1637; in August 1641 it appears in a list of plays belonging to the King's Men of which the Lord Chamberlain forbade the printing without permission of the company. Dryden observed that in The Goblins Suckling “followed [Shakespeare's] footsteps . . . his Regnella [sic] being an open imitation of Shakespear's Miranda; and his Spirits, though counterfeit, yet are copied from Ariel“. Suckling's character is actually called Reginella and the resemblances to The Tempest are not as absolute as Dryden suggests; still …

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Pursglove, Glyn. "The Goblins". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 October 2000
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