Excerpt from Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, Vol. 16
From this cursory history of Opinion it will be seen that critics of to-day, with half-a-dozen exceptions, are inclined to believe that Shakspere had no hand whatever in Titus Andronicus, or, - w... hat for our purposes will amount to the same thing, - to hold that he is responsible for only a few scattered passages; and further, that those who do accept the play, relegate it to the colorless period of what has been termed Shakspere's apprenticeship. Moreover, we are forced to admit that the contention as to authorship can never be decided on purely aesthetic grounds, nor yet from external evidence alone, since, as we have seen, this in a measure contradicts itself. Obviously then, agreement can only come from more definite knowledge Of the origin Of the play,-for example, of its sources. If we could only discover them, we should then be admitted to the author's workshop, - and there is surely no better place to study his identity.
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