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Re: Stoppard; Gililov; Murdoch
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0975  Friday, 9 October 1998.

[1]     From:   Penelope Rixon <
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        Date:   Thursday, 8 Oct 1998 16:27:06 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0965  Queries

[2]     From:   David Kathman <
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        Date:   Thursday, 08 Oct 1998 11:12:54 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0965  Queries

[3]     From:   Paul Franssen <
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        Date:   Friday, 09 Oct 1998 09:48:23 +0100
        Subj:   Murdoch


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From:           Penelope Rixon <
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Date:           Thursday, 8 Oct 1998 16:27:06 -0000
Subject: 9.0965  Queries
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0965  Queries

M. Laroque:

Tom Stoppard lives here in London, and I would imagine a letter to the
publisher of the two plays, Faber & Faber, would be the best way of
seeing if he is available for an interview.

I believe The Invention of Love is about to open again in the West End.
It was a huge hit at the National Theatre here recently.

Penny Rixon

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Date:           Thursday, 08 Oct 1998 11:12:54 -0500
Subject: 9.0965  Queries
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0965  Queries

Francois Laroque wrote:

> I have a third question, a more personal one this time, concerning Ilia
> Gililov's recent book (Moscow Art, 1997), *The William Shakespeare
> Game*, apparently a great hit in Russia at the moment (going through its
> third reprinting apparently)? From what I have been told, this is
> another "new" biographical interpretation with an interesting decoding
> of "The Phoenix and the Turtle" attached to it. Has anyone heard about
> it or read it (is there a translation in English ?) If so, what are the
> reactions ?

Actually, the book you're talking about is an anti-Stratfordian one,
arguing that the works of Shakespeare were actually written by Roger
Manners, the Sixth (I believe) Earl of Rutland. It hasn't been
translated into English, but the Christian Science Monitor did an
article about Gililov on New Year's Eve last year.  The article is
available on the web at:

http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/1997/12/31/intl/intl.5.html

There are at least two reviews of the book available on the web.  Both
are in Russian and both are enthusiastic about Gililov's work but
entirely too credulous.  These are at:

http://www.russ.ru/journal/kniga/98-04-18/bernik.htm

http://www.russ.ru:8080/pegas/98-04-08.htm

Links to all three of the above articles can be found on the Shakespeare
Authorship web page, at

http://www.clark.net/pub/tross/ws/will.html

Just scroll all the way down to the bottom, and you'll find the links
there.

For those who don't read Russian, David Webb helpfully summarized these
two reviews in English on the humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare
newsgroup, and his post is archived on the web at:

http://x8.dejanews.com/getdoc.xp?AN=365110869&CONTEXT=907862769.523960395&hitnum=1

I have not read Gililov's book, but from what I've read in the above
articles, it appears to be typical anti-Stratfordian stuff, positing a
great "mystery" where none exists and throwing out documentary evidence
in favor of wild speculation.

Dave Kathman

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Date:           Friday, 09 Oct 1998 09:48:23 +0100
Subject:        Murdoch

In reply to M. Laroque's question about Iris Murdoch: if he or his
student reads German, there is an article partly on Shakespeare in
Murdoch's *The Black Prince*:  Andreas H

 

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