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Miscellaneous Questions
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0116.  Monday, 14 February 1994.
 
From:           Nate Johnson <
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Date:           Monday, 14 Feb 1994 02:19:50 -0500
Subject:        Miscellaneous Questions
 
1.  Does anyone know anything about the (anonymous?) poem "Much adoe about
somethinge / or / rather much adoe about Nothinge"?  It's manuscript 1706 in
the Cambridge University Library (available on microfilm).  Judging by the
handwriting, it's mid to late 17th century.  The poem begins "What have I
heere a ladie Poet found / an other Sappho or Semproma..."
 
It's quite a long poem and I'm wondering if it has been edited or
transcribed before and whether anyone has ideas on who the author might be.
 
2.  Can anyone recommend a "good" (well-written and well-thought-out)
*negative* review of Branagh's *Much Ado*?  I want to give my Freshman
seminar one positive and one negative review.
 
3.  I'm going to teach the "Text vs. Performance" debate as part of the same
seminar and I'd like suggestions on accessible, well-written essays
advocating each side.  We will, of course, complicate the distinction a
little, but that will come later...
 
Any suggestions, sent either to the list or directly to me, will be
appreciated!
 
--Nate Johnson
 

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