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Qs: Throckmorton: *Tmp.*; *MV*
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0802.  Tuesday, 17 October 1995.
 
(1)     From:   R. Abrams <RABRAMS@PORTLAND>
        Date:   Monday, 16 Oct 95 11:53:29 EDT
        Subj:   Throckmorton
 
(2)     From:   Michael Saenger <
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        Date:   Monday, 16 Oct 1995 17:24:13 -0400
        Subj:   The Tempest
 
(3)     From:   Jan Kraft <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 17 Oct 1995 10:17:31 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Merchant of Venice as a banned play
 
 
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From:           R. Abrams <RABRAMS@PORTLAND>
Date:           Monday, 16 Oct 95 11:53:29 EDT
Subject:        Throckmorton
 
John Pym Yeatman writes in _The Gentle Shakespeare_ (1896) that a Clement
Throckmorton "seems ... to have sheltered members of the Shakspere family, when
ruined through the rapacity of Henry VIII" (p. 271).  He gives no source, as
though this were common knowledge. No subsequent researcher or biographer whom
I've checked (including Stopes, Bernard, Fripp, Chambers, Eccles, Schoenbaum)
retells the tale, nor can I find reference to the incident in my readings on
the Throckmorton clan.  Can anyone shed light?
 
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From:           Michael Saenger <
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Date:           Monday, 16 Oct 1995 17:24:13 -0400
Subject:        The Tempest
 
One note on this list:
 
True, it has been exasperating at times, but also quite inspiring.  There is a
democratic nature to this format that enables people from a wide range of
backgrounds to link up and discover that their love of Shakespeare can lead to
a 'virtual' community.  Let's try to remember that we're all on the same side.
 
Now, at the risk of tooting my own horn, I would like to ask a question about
The Tempest.  In the most recent issue of Notes and Queries (September 1995), I
point out that two costumes, originally made for a royal pageant, were given to
Shakespeare's acting troupe in 1610.  I argue that these costumes, of a
sea-monster and a sea-nymph were used as the costumes of Caliban and Ariel when
the latter appears as a sea-nymph early in the play. Obviously, I also argue
that these costumes inspired the characters who wore them.  In other words,
that Shakespeare received the costumes and created a play around them.
 
I would like to know how people are receiving this.  Are you convinced?  If so,
how does this affect the way we see the play?  I hope this will lead to an
understanding of Shakespeare as a working, active theater person rather than an
introspective genius.
 
Thanks in advance,
Michael Baird Saenger
 
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From:           Jan Kraft <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Oct 1995 10:17:31 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        Merchant of Venice as a banned play
 
I'm hoping someone on the list can help me with a problem.  A literature class
in which I am currently enrolled is covering a chapter on books and plays which
have been banned in the schools at one time or other.  One of the listed plays
was Merchant of Venice.  Does anyone out there know why, where and how it was
banned.  I've not been able to find much information beyond the anti-semitism
complaint and I'd be curious to learn a little more in detail.  Thanks in
advance.
 
[Editor's Note:  You can use the Database Function to obtain previous
discusssions of anti-semitism and the play; however, the years of that
exchange are not currently available from LISTSERV at the University of
Toronto -- they will be available after the move to Bowie State, as soon as
we get our domain name change official and a new name server arrives.  --HMC]
 

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