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Cibber, The Tragical History of King Richard III (Preface)

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Preface: Cibber’s Preface discusses his method of distinguishing his work from Shakespeare’s, allowing us to see the mix of writers at a glance.
Page 1: The first act of Cibber’s adaptation concerns Henry VI – already murdered in Shakespeare’s…

Ravenscroft, Titus Andronicus, or The Rape of Lavinia (Pages 10-11, 34-35)

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Page 10: Ravenscroft’s greater focus on Aaron the Moor reveals how compelling Shakespeare’s villain remained. Here, Tamora showily presents Aaron for Saturninus’s approval
Page 11: Aaron discusses the invisibility of his blushes. Later in the play,…

Ravenscroft, Titus Andronicus, or The Rape of Lavinia (Title and Cast)

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Cast of Characters: Ravenscroft’s play separates characters by national and ethnic affiliation.

Tate, The History of King Lear (Pages 66-67)

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Pages 66-67: Tate’s Lear ends with Lear and Gloucester alive and reconciled to their children, and Edgar and Cordelia jointly placed on English throne by Lear.

Tate, The History of King Lear (Page 63)

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Page 63: In Tate’s version, Lear turns action hero, seizing a weapon from the guards and successfully fighting them off until Edgar and Albany rescue him and Cordelia.

Tate, The History of King Lear (Page 4)

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Page 4: Cordelia’s criticism of Lear’s demand to occupy sole place in his daughters’ hearts is understood by Lear in Tate’s version as deriving from her love for Edgar.

Cibber, The Tragical History of King Richard III (Pages 12-15)

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Page 12: The opening of the dialogue between Richard and Lady Anne in Cibber’s adaptation. Note the material is all either Shakespeare’s words (indicated by italics) or what Cibber calls “generally [Shakespeare’s] thoughts” rephrased by Cibber.
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Ravenscroft, Titus Andronicus, or The Rape of Lavinia (Preface)

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Ravenscroft’s Preface reflects the precipitous drop in the popularity of Titus Andronicus, now seen as “a heap of Rubbish,” needing revision to be made acceptable.