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|"To avoid any appearance of plagiary"
Written by Elena
(2/27/2007 1:22 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Sheridan's Preface, penned by Cheryl
The wish to appear completely inexperienced, even ignorant about theatre strikes me as somewhat too stressed in the "Preface". Especially when so much is taken wherever the good author has found it, just as Moliere did. :) Admirable Mrs. Malaprop couldn't be a complete unknown to people who had read "Humphry Clinker" through only a year or two before, with Tabitha Bramble and incomparable Win Jenkins. Well, many things, but spoilers lurk around.
In commentaries to the translated play I've read that accusations of plagiarism were frequent in that time - and frequently used to ruin an author. Sounds a little far-fetched. Doesn't every playwright borrow? Shakespeare did little else, and Moliere's POV I've quoted above.
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