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Re: Falstaff; Shakespeare & Modern Music
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0435.  Wednesday, 9 April 1997.

[1]     From:   Karen Coley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 8 Apr 1997 21:27:31 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Falstaff

[2]     From:   Jayel Wylie <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 08 Apr 1997 11:59:13 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: Shakespeare & Modern Music


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From:           Karen Coley <
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Date:           Tuesday, 8 Apr 1997 21:27:31 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        Falstaff

Recent post about the player who created Falstaff (sorry, I forgot who):

"I've always been given the impression that the role was created by
Walter Kemp.  I was at the RSA this weekend, though, and someone
mentioned that he departed the Lord Chamberlain's men mysteriously in
1599. We have, moreover, no really solid evidence that *The Merry Wives
of Windsor* was written before late 1601 (it was entered in the
Stationers' Register in January 1602 and must have been written by
then)."

You might take a look at *Shakespeare's Garter Plays* by Giorgio
Melchiori which argues for the theory that MWW was based on the 1597
Garter Celebration for the Windsor court.  The evidence is
circumstantial and textual, but quite convincing. If correct, Kemp may
have created the Merry Wives version of Falstaff before morrising out of
town.

Karen Coley
Loyola University, Chicago

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From:           Jayel Wylie <
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Date:           Tuesday, 08 Apr 1997 11:59:13 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Re: Shakespeare & Modern Music

Mark Mann wrote:

>>As I recall, Sting's album The Dream of the Blue Turtles, contains a song with Shakespearean references, though I'm damned if I can remember what it is. It is mentioned in the liner notes, though.<<

At the risk of sending Mark to eternal perdition <g> . . . . . The song
to which he refers is "Consider Me Gone" which quotes/paraphrases this
passage (apologies for punctuation mistakes, etc.; quoting song from
memory):  Roses have thorns, shining waters mud./Cancer lurks deep in
the sweetest bud./ Clouds and eclipses stain the moon and the sun,/And
history reeks of the wrongs we have done.

Jayel (Jessica) Wylie

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