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Re: Mystery Shakespeare
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0892. Monday, 13 November 1995.
 
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Nov 1995 16:28:14 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0887 Qs: Mystery Shakespeare
 
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Nov 1995 16:45:31 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0887  Qs:  Mystery Shakespeare
 
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        Date:   Monday, 13 Nov 95 09:36:01 EST
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Date:           Friday, 10 Nov 1995 16:28:14 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0887 Qs: Mystery Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0887 Qs: Mystery Shakespeare
 
Re the Mystery Shakespeare:  the book was by Dame Ngaio Marsh, and the title
was something like _Murder at the Dolphin_ ... Sorry, I'd have to check my
mystery shelves at home to know for sure, but I bet someone will supply the
right title before I have a chance to do so.
 
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Date:           Friday, 10 Nov 1995 16:45:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 6.0887  Qs:  Mystery Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0887  Qs:  Mystery Shakespeare
 
To Gillian Rendall:
 
The book you're thinking of is Ngaio Marsh's _Killer Dolphin_. She also wrote a
sequel to that mystery (involving some of the same lead characters and the same
play about Hamnet's glove), called _Light Thickens_, which centres around a
production of _Macbeth_. Her descriptions of the process of creating a
performance are brilliant there-- I believe that this was her final novel.
 
Enjoy!
 
Alex Bennett
Brandeis University
 
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Date:           Monday, 13 Nov 95 09:36:01 EST
Subject: 6.0887  Qs:  Mystery Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0887  Qs:  Mystery Shakespeare
 
The book that Gillian Kendall describes is Ngaio Marsh's _Night at the Vulcan_,
as I am sure dozens will rush to tell her. Marsh had a career in the theater as
well as a career writing mysteries; she was an important figure in the early
Shakespeare productions in New Zealand, I believe.
 
On the subject of Shakespeare in murder mysteries, Susan Baker at the U. of
Nevada, Reno, has been working with this topic for some time. You'll find an
essay by her about the way Shakespeare is used in mysteries in the anthology
_Acting Funny_.
 

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