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Quotation by Shakespeare
Quince. Marry, our play is "The most lamentable comedy and most cruel death of Pyramus and Thisbe."
Bottom. A very good piece of work, I assure you, and a merry.
William Shakespeare (1564–1616), British dramatist, poet. Quince and Bottom, in A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 1, sc. 2, l. 11-14.
Shakespeare was mocking a fashion for elaborate titles that confounded genres, such as the "Tragical Comedy of Apius and Virginia" (1575).
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