Note by A Milnes to As A Playwright a chapter of The Life Of Dryden

In the 'Tempest' of Shakspeare, Sycorax is the mother of Caliban, dead before the opening of the plot, and Miranda is the woman who has never seen a man. In the 'Tempest' as altered by Dryden and Davenant, Caliban and Sycorax are brother and sister, and Miranda is introduced to Hippolito who never before saw a woman. It seems difficult to believe that such an adaptation of Shakspeare to the court of Charles II could have coexisted with a real reverence on the part of Davenant and Dryden for Shakspeare's genius. Yet it would appear that such is nevertheless the fact,

'Shakspeare, a poet for whom he [Davenant] had particularly a high veneration, and whom he first taught me to admire.' Dryden's Preface to the Tempest.

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