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Re: Happy *Lear*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0860. Wednesday, 1 November 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Chris Stroffolino <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Oct 1995 19:53:37 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0854  Re: Happy *Lear*
 
(2)     From:   Frank Whigham <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 31 Oct 1995 06:59:46 -0600
        Subj:   Tate Lear
 
(3)     From:   David Jackson <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 31 Oct 95 10:06:41 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0854  Re: Happy *Lear*
 
 
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From:           Chris Stroffolino <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Oct 1995 19:53:37 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0854  Re: Happy *Lear*
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0854  Re: Happy *Lear*
 
In Susan Snyder's THE COMIC MATRIX OF SHAKESPEARE'S TRAGEDIES (circa 1979) she
talks of some (though certainly not all) of the "comic" elements in LEAR, and
claims that the play would be less horrific were Lear allowed to die in
COrdelia's arms rather than the other way around. Hmmmmm. I wonder what Helen
Bonavita would make of THAT ending-- Critics talk of the MEANINGLESS of
Cordelia's death, but perhaps it is Shakespeare's final way of making Lear DEAL
WITH his mistake in the first scene (if we assume that death is more horrific
to the one who survives than it is to the one who dies). cs.
 
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From:           Frank Whigham <
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Date:           Tuesday, 31 Oct 1995 06:59:46 -0600
Subject:        Tate Lear
 
For a rich treatment of Tate's --Lear-- as a serious text see chapter 8 of
Richard Strier's new California book --Resistant Structures--.
 
Frank Whigham
University of Texas
 
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Date:           Tuesday, 31 Oct 95 10:06:41 EST
Subject: 6.0854  Re: Happy *Lear*
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0854  Re: Happy *Lear*
 
There is no truth to the rumor that Demi Moore and Gary Oldman are planning to
star in a movie version of Nahum Tate's  "Happy" Lear. After all, they wouldn't
ever be party to such a mutilation of a literary classic, would they?
 
[Editor's Note: See this week's *Newsweek* with long list of happy endings
for these two. --HMC]
 

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