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Shakespeare and Dante
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1491  Wednesday 25 August 1999.

From:           John W. Mahon <
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Date:           Tuesday, 24 Aug 1999 18:43:41 -0400
Subject:        Re: Shakespeare and Dante

Dear Friends,

Non-Shakespeareans, intrigued by all the discussion about Shakespeare's
religious background, have asked me about Shakespeare and Dante.  That
is, do we know anything about his knowledge of Dante?  Would Dante have
been available to him?  Was Dante known or read at all in England in the
sixteenth century?

I realize that I should probably know the answers to these questions,
and the answers may indeed be lurking somewhere in my memory banks, but
they won't surface right now, and I would appreciate help from anyone
who has the information more readily available.

Thanks!

Best regards,
John Mahon
Iona College
 

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