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Q: Paul Scofield
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0314  Saturday, 4 April 1998.

From:           John Owen <
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Date:           Friday, 3 Apr 1998 15:29:20 EST
Subject:        Inquiry

I have just seen Peter Brook's film of King Lear for the first time.
Despite some powerful moments, the director's general incompetence makes
for difficult viewing. However, Paul Scofield is, as usual, superb. It
occurred to me that I have never heard of his being knighted. Since he
must certainly be one of the most prodigiously gifted actors alive, what
possible reason can there be for the oversight? Okay, I understand that
the prime focus of knighthood is service rather than talent, but this
omission still seems to me to be very odd.

I don't want to go to far afield into show-biz gossip, but I am hoping
that some knowledgeable Shakespearean can enlighten me on the details
regarding this admirable performer and his seeming lack of formal

John Owen

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