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Shakespearean Spinoffs
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 107. Monday, 19 Nov 1990.
 
 
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  (Laurie E. Osborne)
      Subject: Mystery Spinoff
 
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      Subject:  Shakespearean spinoffs
 
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Date:   Mon, 19 Nov 90 08:48:30 EST
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  (Laurie E. Osborne)
Subject: Mystery Spinoff
 
 
There are a number of mysteries which take place in conjunction with
Shakespearean productions. Linda Barnes has one called, predictably,
_Blood will Have Blood_ which uses Macbeth. There is one of Martha
Grimes's mysteries, the solution to which revolves around a production
of _Othello_ in which the actor playing Othello murders the girl
playing Desdemona; I'm not sure of the title but I'll check. I have
been trying for some time to locate a mystery reviewed in the NYT
Book Review in which the detective was named Hamnet Arden, a direct
descendent of the Bard who solved the mystery, according to the
reviewer, by referring to Renaissance plays. Ring any bells?
 
Laurie Osborne

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Date:     Mon, 19 Nov 90 10:23 EST
From:     <DORENKAMP@HLYCROSS>
Subject:  Shakespearean spinoffs
 
 
No one has yet mentioned Anthony Burgess's *Nothing Like the
Sun*, a fictional biography of WS, done up in Burgess's 20th
century Renaissance prose. (It contains a particularly
graphic description of the hanging, drawing, and quartering
of Lopez, the Queen's physician.)  And then there is another
Burgess novel, *Enderby's Dark Lady*, the third of his
Enderby novels, this one a sort of sci-fi, contemporary,
historical melange.
 
If memory serves me correctly, Burgess also published a
scene from a projected musical based on the life of
Shakespeare.  It appeared, I believe, in *Esquire*,
sometime in the early 70s(?)
 

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