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Re: Ur-Hamlet/Ur-Lear
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0328  Wednesday, 16 February 2000.

From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Feb 2000 17:30:34 -0500
Subject: 11.0313 Re: Ur-Hamlet
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0313 Re: Ur-Hamlet

Martin Mueller writes:

>There is a fair amount of evidence that the old Leir play, the narrative
>source for As You Like It, and an old Hamlet play sloshed together in
>Shakespeare's memory during the early nineties.

I think it's fair to point out that the major narrative source of AYL is
Lodge's Rosalynde (1590). Kawachi dates King Leir between 1588-94.
Though it was entered in the SR in 1594, it was not printed until 1605.
Some intrepid souls want to believe that the 1605 version is not the
same as the 1594 Leir, and that the extant Leir is a Christian response
to Shakespeare's plays.

Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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