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In an earlier question I asked, What evidence is there that Shakespeare revised The Winter's Tale after 1611? One of the arguments cited in the answer comes from Christopher Hardman's study Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale (Penguin Critical Studies. Penguin, 1988. Page 15):

It has sometimes been said that the appearance of Hermione to Antigonus was evidence of a version of the play in which the queen did indeed die, as no one in Shakespeare's day would have thought it possible to see the spirit of someone still alive.

Unfortunately, Hardman does not cite any sources, so it is not clear which critics have cited this as evidence. I have not encountered this argument in other works that I recently read, i.e. two editions of The Winter's Tale (Ernest Schanzer's edition for the New Penguin Shakespeare and Stephen Orgel's edition for the Oxford Shakespeare) and an anthology of criticism edited by Kenneth Muir (Shakespeare: The Winter's Tale. Casebook Series. Macmillan, 1968). Hence my question: who was the first critic who used Antigonus's as an argument for the theory that there may have been an earlier version of The Winter's Tale in which Hermione really dies?

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