William Shakespeare: Twelfth Night

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  • Nicholas Moschovakis (Independent Scholar)

TEXT, DATE, SOURCES AND THEMES

The earliest known text of Twelfth Night was printed in the First Folio of Shakespeare's plays (1623). But we can be sure that a finished version of the play existed by 2 February 1602 (N.S.) - the feast of Candlemas - when it was performed in the Great Hall of London's Middle Temple. A law student who was there, John Manningham, wrote in his diary that it was “much like The Comedy of Errors, or Men[a]echmi in Plautus, but most like . . . that in Italian called Inganni.”

Indeed, Twelfth Night's main plot - or at least its central chain of romantic devices - has a long Renaissance lineage that can be traced to an …

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Citation:
Moschovakis, Nicholas. "Twelfth Night". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 December 2007
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=8488, accessed 22 December 2014.]


Related Groups

  1. English Renaissance Theatre - Elizabethan