Cardenio or the Second Maiden's Tragedy

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Tells the tales of a man who has his best friend seduce his wife to prove her infidelity, and of a tyrant who overthrows a king to win a woman's affection, only to court her corpse when she chooses death over his love

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Charles Hamilton's experience as a handwriting expert extended over sixty years. Since the age of nine, Hamilton searched for documents in Shakespeare's hand. His ambition was realized in 1983 when, as the first forensic document examiner ever to study Shakespeare's will, he discovered that the entire three-page will was in Shakespeare's hand. Later, Hamilton was amazed to discover that the handwriting in the play, popularly known as The Second Maiden's Tragedy, was identical, precisely matching in minute detail, to the script in Shakespeare's will. Hamilton, the author or eighteen books, including The Hitler Diaries and In Search of Shakespare, passed away in 1996.

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What's this--a new Shakespeare play? After a manner of speaking, yes, says autograph expert Charles Hamilton, who last year broke his claim that an untitled, anonymous manuscript in the British Museum Library is the handiwork of the bard of Avon--literally, for the handwriting in the manuscript is Shakespeare's. The play, says Hamilton, is the lost Cardenio and is known among scholars as The Second Maiden's Tragedy, a title that links it to The Maid's Tragedy by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher, the latter of whom cowrote Henry VIII and The Two Noble Kinsmen, two late plays already in the Shakespearean canon. More than half the present volume consists of Hamilton's argument for accepting this play as a lost Shakespeare-Fletcher collaboration. Though Hamilton's exposition is well written and absorbing, particularly for fans of literary detection, the play's the thing that'll catch most readers. Written almost entirely in blank verse, it intertwines two plots borrowed from Cervantes' Don Quixote. One's a court tragedy in which a tyrant overthrows a king in order to claim his lady love and, when she chooses death in preference to him, proceeds to woo her corpse; the other's seamy domestic fare in which a husband tries to prove his wife's faithlessness by getting his best friend to seduce her. At the ends of both plots, nearly everyone's dead. More lurid than the late Shakespeare we prize--The Tempest and The Winter's Tale--the play is briskly paced, thoroughly comprehensible, worthy of staging, albeit its grand guignol aspects encourage an over-the-top, theater-of-cruelty approach rather than the romantic realism of most productions of Shakespeare. It's lesser Shakespeare, to be sure, but deep-dyed Shakespeareans will want to read it. Nay, they must. Ray Olson

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