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Re: Spinoffs
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0935.  Wednesday, 17 September 1997.

From:           Hugh Howard Davis <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Sep 1997 22:34:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0932  Re: Spinoffs
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0932  Re: Spinoffs

> This is not an instance of fictional biography, but it is a spinoff of
> sorts.
>
> Terry Pratchett also makes reference to _Midsummer Night's Dream_ in his
> _Lords and Ladies_ (wherein the Diskworld is invaded by elves). A group
> of Ramtops villagers (rude mechanicals, in the fullest sense of the
> term) put on an unnamed "entertainment" which contains a number of
> references to asses heads, walls, and bottoms.  It is performed in
> celebration of the wedding of King Verance III to Magrat Garlack, local
> witch, and is instrumental in opening the portal between the Diskworld
> and the realm of the Elves.
>
> Pratchett does this to a number of authors, so Shakespearians should not
> feel particularly offended.
>
> joanne rochester

In _Good Omens_, by Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, reference is made to the
rare "lost quartos" of Shakespeare, the three plays never reissued in
folio and now lost to scholars:  _The Comedie of Robin Hoode, or, The
Forest of Sherwoode_, _The Trapping of the Mouse_, and _Gold Diggers of
1589_.

--Hugh Davis
 

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