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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1466  Monday 23 August 1999.

From:           Tom Dale Keever <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Aug 1999 12:35:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        Web Resources

I have placed some data collections that I gathered for my own use on my
web site and offer them for use by others.

One is a chronology of historic events that form the background for the
development of Early Modern drama.  It began as a list of events in
England during the period of 1564 to 1642 but grew like Topsy until it
extended back to the fall of Constantinople in 1453 and forward to the
death of Louis XIV in 1715.  I finally got out my old copy of Bernard
Grun's classic trivia collection "The Timetables of History," based on
the earlier German classic "Kulturfahrplan" by Werner Stein ( New York:
Simon and Schuster, 1982) and added lots of events I had missed for the
most significant periods.  If you would like to browse through the
current state of my searchable collection of factoids you can find it
at:

                   www.columbia.edu/~tdk3/chronology.html

The second is a "database" I constructed as a Word for Windows table
that attempts to list all known plays performed in London from 1576 to
the closing of the theatres in 1642.  I was frustrated at not being able
to find a really comprehensive list of play titles.  Even the best list,
Andrew Gurr's in his essential sourcebook, "The Shakespearean Stage,"
was incomplete and arranged by title, which is not a very informative
way to look at the data.  It seemed that the resources of MS Word tables
could be used to resort the data in interesting ways, and, sure enough,
the resulting list proved very useful as I prepared for my orals last
spring.  Now that I have upgraded my computer capabilities to include
Word 97 I found I could convert the lengthy tables to HTML web pages and
make them available to others.  The result can be found at:

                     www.columbia.edu/~tdk3/earlymodern.html

I hope these prove as useful and entertaining to others as they have
been for me.  Send along any suggestions or corrections.  There are, I
am sure, still multiple errors in both lists.  Grun turned out to be
very unreliable for precise dates, especially when it came to first
performances of plays, and many errors crept into the chronology before
I learned to take his assertions with a grain of salt.

Cheers,
Tom Dale Keever
 

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