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Tempest and Faust
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0700  Wednesday, 29 July 1998.

From:           Ethan Wells <
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Date:           Tuesday, 28 Jul 1998 16:19:20 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Random announcement

I just came across an interesting suggestion while reading Roger
Shattuck's <<Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography>> (New
York: St. Martin's Press, 1996).  He suggests reading Shakespeare's
<<The Tempest>> as a modified Faust play, noting that "the Latin Faustus
means 'the favored one,' a form that can yield Prospero in English"
(note, p.80). It seems to me the suggestion is pregnant with promise,
especially when we note that Shakespeare was no doubt familiar with
Marlowe's <<Dr. Faustus>> (1593).  And so I thought I would pass the
suggestion on to those of you on this list who might find it

Ethan Wells

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