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Re: CHARACTR BIBLIO and SPINOFF BIBLIO
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0931.  Monday, 15 September 1997.

[1]     From:   Georgianna Ziegler <
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        Date:   Friday, 12 Sep 97 10:11:00 PDT
        Subj:   Shakespearean Fiction

[2]     From:   Andreas Schlenger <
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        Date:   Monday, 15 Sep 1997 16:04:10 +0200
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0924 CHARACTR BIBLIO and SPINOFF BIBLIO


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From:           Georgianna Ziegler <
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Date:           Friday, 12 Sep 97 10:11:00 PDT
Subject:        Shakespearean Fiction

Werner Habicht's contribution leads me to mention that a new anthology
has just appeared: "Shakespeare's Other Lives: An Anthology of Fictional
Depictions of the Bard," ed. by Maurice J. O'Sullivan. Jefferson:
McFarland, 1997.  223 pages.  Cloth.  List price, $39.95.

I fully concur with Hardy that it would be wonderful for a couple of
SHAKSPERIANS out there to volunteer a face-lift for those important
lists of spinoffs about Shakespeare.

Georgianna Ziegler
Reference - Folger Library

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[Editor's Note: Christine Mack Gordon has volunteered.  -HMC]

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From:           Andreas Schlenger <
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Date:           Monday, 15 Sep 1997 16:04:10 +0200
Subject: 8.0924 CHARACTR BIBLIO and SPINOFF BIBLIO
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0924 CHARACTR BIBLIO and SPINOFF BIBLIO

May I add one very peculiar example of "fictional biography" to Prof.
Habichts elaborate list:

Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters (1989).

Here a dwarf named Hwel appears, who has unmistakable features of the
Bard himself, writing for a theatre company in Ankh-Morpork, the
discworlds capital, while they are building a theatre appropriately
called "The Dysk". The have a young actor in their company who bears
resemblance to Hamlet and Henry V, since his father was killed in
circumstances reminiscent of _Macbeth_.

I would have added this piece of writing earlier, but was not sure
whether it belongs into the "character" or the "spinoff" list. Which
reminds me: Is there a kind of taxonomy at all for fictional
biographies? Something to tell facts from fantasy?

Yours,
Andreas
 

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