ABSTRACT

This chapter considers the significance of Edward Gordon Craig's reprinting of many of articles of his father, Edward William Godwin, in The Mask (1908-29), beginning with a son's dream about his father. Craig made the curious decision to reproduce some of Godwin's thoughts on staging and costuming the plays of Shakespeare in the historical period in which they were set in the first volumes of The Mask, Craig's theatrical journal apparently dedicated to consigning any such antiquarian ideas to the dustbin. Craig records in Index to the Story of My Days that he first discovered these articles from the Architect in 1897 when he was living at Thames Ditton. He had them bound, for his personal use, in a single volume. At the time he still knew very little about Godwin, whom Ellen Terry seemed to have wiped clean from her life despite the tangible evidence of his undoubted one-time presence.