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Now for something completely different (XLV)

27 Jun

A Date with Judy (1955, no. 45)

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Judith and her older sister, Susanna

Speaking of Shakespeare,  his youngest daughter with Anne Hathaway was named Judith (baptised 2 February 1585 – buried 9 February 1662).   She was born the twin sister of Hamnet, who died at the age of eleven.   Judith was married to Thomas Quiney, a vintner of Stratford-upon-Avon, but he must have been a bad boy because Shakespeare rewrote his will to attach provisions to Judith’s inheritance to safeguard it from her husband.

Judith is the subject of the novel My Father Had a Daughter: Judith Shakespeare’s Tale by Grace Tiffany and in William Black’s Judith Shakespeare: Her Love Affairs and Other Adventures, published serially in Harper’s Magazine in 1884.   She also appears in Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel, The Sandman, in which she is compared with the character of Miranda in The Tempest (#75).

In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf created a character, “Judith Shakespeare”, although she is supposed to be Shakespeare’s sister rather than his daughter and the circumstances of her story are entirely fictional.

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