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Re: A Quick Question
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0069  Friday, 15 January 1999.

[1]     From:   Markus Marti <
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        Date:   Thursday, 14 Jan 1999 17:05:32 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0061 Re: A Quick Question

[2]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Thursday, 14 Jan 1999 09:15:38 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0058 A Quick Question

[3]     From:   Patricia Cooke <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Jan 1999 07:31:01 +1200
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0058 A Quick Question

[4]     From:   Helen Ostovich <
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        Date:   Thursday, 14 Jan 1999 20:51:08 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0058 A Quick Question


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From:           Markus Marti <
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Date:           Thursday, 14 Jan 1999 17:05:32 +0100
Subject: 10.0061 Re: A Quick Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0061 Re: A Quick Question

> in Sicily, not Italy?
> "COMEDY OF ERRORS" actually occurs in Italy, although characters on the
> stage refer to events which took place in Italy.

Well, well: What a comedy of errors: None of the plays takes place in
Italy (Cavour had may have read Shakespeare, but Shakespeare did not
know Cavour, although he appears in Psalm 1861 in Shakespeare's Bible:
try word 18 from the beginning (cave canem) and word 61 from the end
(our Lord), without counting any Selahs or Austrias).

Turkey is nowadays an independent country. And it was quite independent
at Shakespeare's time, too.

Ephesos is not even in Europe.

Markus Marti

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Thursday, 14 Jan 1999 09:15:38 -0800
Subject: 10.0058 A Quick Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0058 A Quick Question

Sorry for picking John Savage's nits, but I wonder if Shakespeare really
did have a great interest in Italy.  True, several plays are set there,
and there are other references, but most of the plays in the list are
based on stories or histories from other sources.  Was he drawn to
Italy, or that story?  Both?  How much control did he have over the
stories he adapted?  Do we know he worked independently, or might he and
the other shareholders have decided it was time for a tragedy and JC
seemed like a good idea to everyone?

I have not gone out looking for the answers to these questions, but
after 20 years of studying Shakespeare and the Tudor theater I have not
yet stumbled across this information.  I suspect we just don't know.
Can someone point out a source to me?

BTW, A&C is set more in Egypt than Italy, but many characters are Roman.

Mike Jensen

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From:           Patricia Cooke <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Jan 1999 07:31:01 +1200
Subject: 10.0058 A Quick Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0058 A Quick Question

Presumably you are including Sicily as part of Italy?  Several plays
takes place there or partly there.  Comedy of Errors takes place in
Ephesus which is in Turkey  so that's the odd one out.

Pat.

Patricia Cooke, Secretary & Editor
Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Inc
97 Elizabeth Street Wellington 6001 New Zealand PH/FAX 64 4 3856743

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From:           Helen Ostovich <
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Date:           Thursday, 14 Jan 1999 20:51:08 -0500
Subject: 10.0058 A Quick Question
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0058 A Quick Question

Comedy of Errors doesn't belong, does it?
 

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