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Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0518.  Tuesday, 27 June 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Gabriel Egan <
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        Date:   Monday, 26 Jun 1995 21:57:51 +0100
        Subj:   RE: Shakespeare the good businessmen
 
(2)     From:   Richard J Kennedy <
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        Date:   Monday, 26 Jun 1995 18:59:31 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0513  Re: Biography (THE LAST WORD)
 
(3)     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Tuesday, June   27, 1995
        Subj:   The End of This Particular Thread
 
 
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From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Monday, 26 Jun 1995 21:57:51 +0100
Subject:        RE: Shakespeare the good businessmen
 
Stephanie Hughes says that "Shakespeare of Stratford...appears to have
allowed just about anyone to publish his work without giving him any credit
for it. Odd behavior for an astute businessman." Doesn't this assertion rest
on the belief that publishing was lucrative? What evidence is there that
much money could be made in publishing plays? Given that print runs were
limited by law to 1250 (or ?1500) and a single full-house at a single public
amphitheatre was possibly as much as 3000 persons, performance and not
publishing was the mass-media. Shakespeare clearly paid greater attention to
the former - which is good business.
 
Gabriel Egan
 
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From:           Richard J Kennedy <
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Date:           Monday, 26 Jun 1995 18:59:31 -0700
Subject: 6.0513  Re: Biography (THE LAST WORD)
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0513  Re: Biography (THE LAST WORD)
 
One wonders about Shaksper, the stature of the man, for every piece of
information is valuable.  He had hazel eyes, I remember that from somewhere,
but was he fat, or thin, and was he really lame, and so forth....
 
Perhaps no one has ever considered this piece of evidence.  When he was caught
hoarding grain, it was suggested that he should be hanged from his door. Now,
allowing for a stout hook to loop the rope on, and about six or eight inches
rope so that he might dangle properly, and allow two inches for the knot, I
would guess that to keep his toes off the threshold he would be a man of less
than ordinary height, about 5 feet 6 inches at the tallest.
 
I don't know how to calculate his weight, but certainly it was enough so that
he might strangle.  Otherwise, the suggestion would have been pointless.
 
Kennedy
 
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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Tuesday, June 27, 1995
Subject:        The End of This Particular Thread
 
I have tried to be as patient as I could during this exchange.  I have perhaps
not so subtly attempted to end this thread with notes in the Subject line.
However, I have not been successful.
 
Stephanie Hughes is absolutely correct that the USENET group announced earlier,
which will probably start in July, is the place that authorship issues can be
discussed freely.  In fact, I would speculate that providing a platform to
discuss authorship is probably one of the driving forcing in proposing this
news group.
 
In any case, this discussion has become an "authorship" discussion and it is
now over.
 
Hardy M. Cook
Editor of the Moderated SHAKSPER Conference
 

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