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The Rape of Lucrece


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on-line editions

The Rape of Lucrece [http://www.shakespeares.org/Poetry/RapeOfLucrece.html]

The Rape of Lucrece (Renascence editions) [http://www.uoregon.edu/~rbear/shake/rl.html] (May 2002)

Searchable Shakespearean Poetry Database: [http://quarles.unbc.edu/shakescan/] (09/05/00)


Il ratto di Lucrecia (in Italian) [http://infoservice.dnsq.org/sh-poesie.html]

Lucretia verkracht Dutch translation by Jan Jonk. [http://www.janjonk.nl/] (March 2002)

François Pierre Guillaume Guizot (1821 Vénus et Adonis; La mort de Lucrèce; La mort d'une amante; Le pèlerin amoureux. (Paris, Didier, 1862-64).
François-Victor Hugo: Oeuvres complètes de William Shakespeare vol 15 Sonnets. Poëmes. Testament.
both translations online at:
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Gallica &endash; mode image, format PDF
or via:

sources and context

The Legend of Good Women, [http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/OMACL/GoodWomen/]

Fasti, Latin, books I, II, VI [http://www.gmu.edu/departments/fld/CLASSICS/ovid.fasti.html]

Titus Livius,
Ab urbe condita in Latin and English (Rev. Canon Roberts) [http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/ptext?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.02.0027]

not available:
Fasti, Ovid, trans. Gower, 1640
The Palace of Pleasure, William Painter, 1566

adaptations in literature

Obey, André. Le viol de Lucrèce (play) 1931. (see opera, Britten)

adaptations in music

Britten, Benjamin.
The Rape of Lucrece, 1946, opera; libretto Ronald Duncan after Le viol de Lucrèce by André Obey (1931) [http://members.it.tripod.de/amelia/]
Britten, Benjamin.
Le viol de Lucrèce (The Rape of Lucretia), de Benjamin Britten (1913-1976) Opéra en deux actes. Livret de Ronald Duncan, d'après la pièce d'André Obey. [http://www.hnh.com/NewDesign/fintro.files/bintro.files/operas/Rape_of_Lucretia_The.htm] (May 2002)


Olga's Gallery.
World Literature in painting. [http://www.abcgallery.com/literature.html]

Botticelli. Alessandro.
The Story of Lucretia (1496-1504) [http://www.abcgallery.com/B/botticelli/botticelli50.html]

Cranach, Lucas (the Elder).
Lucretia. (1533) [http://www.abcgallery.com/C/cranach/cranach48.html]

Lotto, Lorenzo.
Lady with a Drawing of Lucretia. 1530-33 [http://www.abcgallery.com/L/lotto/lotto6.html]

Lucretia (1664) [http://www.abcgallery.com/R/rembrandt/rembrandt188.html]

Lucrecia. 1666 [http://www.abcgallery.com/R/rembrandt/rembrandt85.html]


Belsey, Catherine.
Tarquine Disposessed. Expropriation and Consent in The Rape of Lucrece. Sh. Quarterly vol. 52 [http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/shakespeare_quarterly/v052/52.3belsey.html] (May 2002)

Herivel, Jennifer. Presentation -
Dishonor as Guilt and Shame in The Rape of Lucrece. (student's presentation, 1998) [http://www.english.uiuc.edu/klein/_disc11/00000065.htm] (May 2002)

Monroe, J.
Chastity and Rape in The Rape of Lucrece. (student's presentation, 1998) [http://www.english.uiuc.edu/klein/_disc11/00000064.htm| (May 2002)

Moulton: From The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors, ed. Charles Wells Moulton, 8 vols. (London: Moulton Publishing, 1901), 1: 456-57. [http://geocities.com/litpageplus/shakemoul_rape.html]

deutsche Webseiten

Gröchel, André:
William Shakespeare - Lyrik: Gut gestaltete deutsche Website mit Informationen zu Quellen, Einführung, Hintergründe, Links zu deutschen und englischen elektronischen Texten usw. [http://www.deslit.de/shakespeare/lyrik.htm#Lucretia] Falls der Link nicht klappt:



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