Shakespeare, Goldoni, and the Clowns


In lieu of an abstract, the first paragraph of the essay follows:

As Giuseppe Ortolani observes, "No one would ever dream of mentioning Goldoni and Shakespeare in the same context."1 All the same, Ortolani felt compelled to demonstrate in his essay "Goldoni and Shakespeare" that Goldoni had read at least some of Shakespeare's plays in the Théâtre anglois of La Place (Paris, 1745-46), and even saw David Garrick perform some scenes from Shakespeare in Paris in 1764. "Reminiscences" of Shakespeare have been observed in a few of Goldoni's plays, but need not concern us here.

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