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Re: *The Juliet Letters*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0880. Wednesday, 8 November 1995.
 
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Nov 1995 09:51:48 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Re: The Juliet Letters
 
(2)     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Wednesday, November 8, 1995
        Subj:   *The Juliet Letters*
 
 
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From:           Stephen Buhler <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Nov 1995 09:51:48 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Re: The Juliet Letters
 
For Milla Riggio: *The Juliet Letters* is also the title of a collaborative
musical work by Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet. The CD was released in
early 1993, I believe, and a video presentation of the song cycle has aired on
a number of PBS affiliates.  The songs draw their initial inspiration from the
mail that continues to be sent to "Juliet Capulet" in Verona; word of the
project prompted some journalists to take a closer look at the phenomenon.
Newspaper articles appeared in *The Wall Street Journal*, November 10, 1992,
and *The New York Times*, March 15, 1993.  Mr. Costello is no newcomer to such
matters: his first album, *My Aim Is True*, contains the feral (and hilarious)
track "Mystery Dance," which begins
 
   Romeo was restless, he was ready to kill . . . .
 
As Ricardus Parvus might say: "Pergis pulsare, sed non potes introire."
 
Stephen M. Buhler
 
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Date:           Wednesday, November 8, 1995
Subject:        The Juliet Letters
 
In the notes accompanying my copy of *The Juliet Letters*, Elvis Costello's
colloboration with the Brodsky Quartet,  Costello (aka Declan MacManus) writes,
 
        . . . My wife, Cait, pointed out the tiny newspaper item about a
        Veronese academic who had taken on the task of replying to letters
        addressed to "Juliet Capulet."  This apparently continued for a
        number of years, until some gentlemen of the press exposed this
        secret correspondence.  Quite how he can by these letters in the
        first place remains unclear.  We can only make a guess as to their
        content. . .   What was contained in these letters and their replies,
        the idea of this correspondence provided our initial inspiration.
 

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