Pracy, Elizabeth Patricia (1999)
M.Phil. thesis, University of Birmingham.
The thesis starts with an Introduction which explains that the subject of the work is an analysis of the Notebook of J. O. Halliwell-Phillipps dealing with the Sonnets and shorter poems of Shakespeare owned by the Shakespeare Centre Library, Stratford-upon- Avon. This is followed by an explanation of the material and methods used to examine the pages of the Notebook and a brief account of Halliwell-Phillipps and his collections as well as a description of his work on the life and background of Shakespeare. Each page of the Notebook is then dealt with in order and outlined, together with a photocopy of Halliwell-Phillipps' entry. Entries are identified where possible, with an explanation and description of the work referred to. This is followed by a recognition and discussion of the word or phrase of the parallel noticed in the Shakespearean sonnet or poem, with a view to assessing the value of the comparison. Finally, there is a summary of the varying critical opinions of the analogies and other aspects of the poems by editors and commentators of Shakespeare, from Malone and Boswell to the present.
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