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Re: Commonplace Books; RSC in DC
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0568  Wednesday, 17 June 1998.

[1]     From:   David J. Knauer <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Jun 1998 17:29:08 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Edward Pudsey Query

[2]     From:   Andrew Walker White <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Jun 1998 20:17:23 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   RSC in DC


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From:           David J. Knauer <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Jun 1998 17:29:08 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        Edward Pudsey Query

Last week, Robin Headlam Wells asked for opinions on the need for
publication of Edward Pudsey's commonplace book, which contains extracts
from the plays of Shakespeare and others.  While I don't have an opinion
on Pudsey specifically, this question has raised another close to my own
current research.

Is there a published bibliography anywhere of the several contemporary
commonplace books and diaries containing extracts from or commentary on
Shakespearean drama?  You find occasional references in Chambers,
Wickham, Bentley, Gurr, etc. to a few of them when their remarks concern
stage history, but rarely anything on Renaissance responses to the
*texts* of the plays.  I am particularly interested in what early modern
audiences or readers may have *done* with drama once they decided to
keep it for themselves.

Feel free to reply off-list if this seems too tangential.

David Knauer

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From:           Andrew Walker White <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Jun 1998 20:17:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        RSC in DC

For the curious; there is a tradition of slash & burn criticism in
Washington, D.C. which at times has left even the locals aghast.  Lloyd
Rose's predecessor at the Washington Post, David Richards, richly earned
the nickname "Prince of Darkness."  It seems that Ms. Rose is working
overtime to prove herself his twin.

We used to sell buttons as a fund-raiser for a local actor's
organization, with a beat-up dustbin and fish scales, captioned "I've
been trashed by David Richards!"-his pans were regarded as a vital part
of initiation ritual for many years.  Seems we should reissue those
buttons, and offer a couple dozen (with a new caption) for our sisters
and brothers-at-arms in the RSC.

Cheers,

Andy White
Arlington, VA
 

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