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Coriolanus is usually dated 1609-10; I prefer 1609. Menenius' fable (Act I, sc. i.) is taken from Camden's Remaines (1605), and not from North's Plutarch. The play must have been written before 1612 for this reason; Mr Halliwell has found that in every edition of North's Plutarch up to 1603 ‘unfortunately’ is printed for ‘unfortunate’ in the passage corresponding to Act V, sc. i, l. 98. This is an evident misprint, as it spoils the meaning. Shake- speare corrected it, and wrote ‘unfortunate,’ which was adopted in the 1612 edition of North's Plutarch. As to Shakespeare's own copy being the one in the Greenock library dated 1612, if it was so, he must have used another. He did not write Julius Cæsar after that date.

1 This is, substantially, Fleay's opinion as given in his Introduction to Sh. Study, published the following year, but in his Sh's Life, Art, and Work issued four years later the date for this play is given as 1608, with no reasons or grounds for this change.—Ed.

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