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Qs: Richard of Bordeaux; Funeral Elegy in Complete
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0516.  Saturday, 13 July 1996.

(1)     From:   Juliet A. Youngren <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 Jul 1996 17:23:32 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Richard of Bordeaux

(2)     From:   Richard J. Kennedy <
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        Date:   Thursday, 11 Jul 1996 17:22:06 -0700
        Subj:   Funeral Elegy


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From:           Juliet A. Youngren <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Jul 1996 17:23:32 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        Richard of Bordeaux

Would you be willing to post the following message from a non-member to the
list?  He is interested in joining, but I seem to have mislaid the subscription
address, and time is somewhat of the essence for his project.  Thank you!!

J.A.Y.

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Greetings:

I am an MA/Ph.D. candidate in Theatre History at the University of Illinois,
and am in the final stages of a research project on Sir John Gielgud's
repertory season at the Queen's Theatre, 1937-1938.  The design team he worked
with was a trio of women called Motley, and their work in particular is what I
hope to focus on.

The first production that season was "Richard II", and from what I have read
the critical reaction was negative.  They loved Gielgud, but Motley's work was
panned for being too elaborate and ornate.  It's my contention that it was
primarily because Gielgud had already starred in a long-running historical
play, "Richard of Bordeaux" by a woman who wrote under the pseudonym Mackintosh
(I can supply the full name later -- my papers aren't here right now).  Both
the design and script were very different, and (in my opinion) unfortunately
overshadowed the Bard's own work.

"Richard of Bordeaux" is a hard play to find, and I was hoping someone on this
list could get me in touch with a library or private collection (even a book
store?) that has a copy of the script.

What's interesting about "Bordeaux" is that it was inspired by Gielgud's first
"Richard II" at the Old Vic, and was apparently very different in mood from
Shakespeare's drama.  Because Gielgud was so famous for his romantic, musical
qualities, "Bordeaux" was written to showcase these aspects of Gielgud's
acting.  That, plus apparently there were some pacifist overtones in the script
which, written during the rise of fascism and nazism on the continent, must
have been very reassuring to London audiences.

If anyone on this list can help me to a script, or has more information on
"Bordeaux", it would be greatly appreciated.

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From:           Richard J. Kennedy <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 Jul 1996 17:22:06 -0700
Subject:        Funeral Elegy

Is it allowed for one to know more of the publication of the Funeral Elegy in
the "Works" of Shakespeare. Don Foster said that it would be included in the
Norton edition, and there was mention that Harper Collins would do the same for
the poem.  Is it true? Harper Collins seems to know nothing of such a plan, and
is it the same for Norton, merely the hope of Foster?  Perhaps he could name
the editors who are involved in this publication if it is not a phantom. May we
know their names?  An editor would be honored to be part of a brand new
publication of a brand new poem by Shakespeare, and should be happy to have
their names known. Thank you.
 

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