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The Originality of John Caryll's Sir Salomon


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One of the first highly successful adaptions of Molière on the Restoration stage, John Caryll's Sir Salomon; or, The Cautious Coxcomb (1669), drew raves from the Carolean court, entertained London audiences for a span of fifty years, and provided the versatile Thomas Betterton with one of his favorite vehicles. Why, then, has the play been ignored bu most comprehensive studies of Restoration theater? One source of this neglect has been the prevailing opinion that most early borrowings from Molière are "servile adaptations by negligible playwrights."1 The intrinsic merit of plays such as Sir Salomon, which sought to Anglicize the French master, has been obscured.

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