Early Tudor Drama. To the Editor of the TLS
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868 ] Early Tudor Drama To the Editor of the TLS Times Literary Supplement, 1297 (9 Dec 1926) 913 Sir – I must apologise to Dr. Reed for having mistaken a Junius who was only a name in an obscure corner of my memory for a Junius with whom I am on more intimate terms.1 I presume that I was misled by the juxtaposition of the name of Junius with that of Dryden, these being, as I­supposed, the names of two masters of English prose. Such an error, coming from a scholar of Dr. Reed’s accuracy, astonished me very much; but I should have realized that it was an error of which Dr. Reed was incapable. At the same time. I must insist that the last paragraph of Dr. Reed’s letter surprises me not a little. To a plain man of letters it is certainly a reversal of values to learn that the scholar of the seventeenth century is “the great Junius” and that the author of the Letters is merely “an anonymous politician of the eighteenth century.” Another point occurs to me. Has Dr. Reed unwittingly provided a clue to the identity of the Junius he despises? Was Sir Philip Francis also acquainted with the fame of “Francis Junius”?2 I am, Sir, The Reviewer Notes 1. TSE replies to A. W. Reed, whose letter (printed in the same issue) responded to a statement in “More and Tudor Drama,” TSE’s review of Reed’s Early Tudor Drama: “Dr. Reed is so accurate in his attributions and dates that we are all the more astonished at learning (p. 123) that Junius and Dryden belong to the same generation. Has Dr. Reed brought to light evidence which antedates Junius a hundred years”? (858). In his letter, Reed identifies Francis Junius (1588-1677) as the editor of Caedmon’s Paraphrase (1656) and as the donor, sketched by Vandyck, of invaluable manuscripts to the Bodlian Library, stating that it never occurred to him “that there was any possibility of confusion between the great Junius and the anonymous politician of the eighteenth century.” At this time, TSE was overseeing the publication of C. W. Everett’s edition of The Letters of Junius (Faber & Gwyer, 1927) and had taken a sentence [ 869 Early Tudor Drama from it as a temporary epigraph for a draft of Sweeney Agonistes: “These are the gloomy companions of a disturbed imagination; the melancholy madness of poetry; without the inspiration” (44); a facsimile is in Stage Sixty Theatre Club Presents Homage to T. S. Eliot (Globe Theatre, London, 13 June 1965). 2. Sir Philip Francis (1740-1812), British statesman, classical scholar, and reputed author of the pseudonymous Letters of Junius (1769-72), which aimed to expose the English government’s infringements of the public’s constitutional rights. ...