I remember one said there were not sallets in the lines to make the matter savoury, nor no matter in the phrase that might indict the author of affectation, but called it an honest method, as wholesome as sweet, and by very much more handsome than fine.

I have to wonder if someone once said this to Shakespeare himself. Is he quoting something he once heard from an admirer? This praise could be given to this writer’s work. I also wonder if Shakespeare had a play that was his caviary to the general. I don’t know enough about production history to know which of the plays might have bombed with the public but praised by the those with perceptive judgments in such matters. I could guess: King John? Comedy of Errors? Henry VI? But it all makes me quite curious about how Shakespeare perceived the reception of his work. Most writers I know have a play that is dear to their hearts that no one else ever quiet understood. Which play did Shakespeare hold close to his?


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