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Did Shakespeare Inhale?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2047  Wednesday, 8 November 2000.

[1]     From:   Skip Nicholson <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 7 Nov 2000 14:54:10 -0800
        Subj:   Shakespeare's Drugs

[2]     From:   Peter T. Hadorn <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 08 Nov 2000 08:24:09 -0600
        Subj:   Shakespeare and Marijuana


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From:           Skip Nicholson <
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Date:           Tuesday, 7 Nov 2000 14:54:10 -0800
Subject:        Shakespeare's Drugs

High!

The BBC has a news piece on two "Scientists in South Africa [who]
believe they may have discovered the stimulus for Shakespeare's creative
genius - cannabis." It's at:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/newsid_1007000/1007876.stm

Cheers,
Skip Nicholson
South Pasadena (CA) HS

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From:           Peter T. Hadorn <
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Date:           Wednesday, 08 Nov 2000 08:24:09 -0600
Subject:        Shakespeare and Marijuana

I received the following article in my e-mail today and I thought the
list might be interested.

Enjoy!

Peter Hadorn
UW-Platteville

South Africa: The Bard And Dope: Was This Such Stuff As Dreams
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v00/n1672/a03.html
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Pubdate: Sun, 05 Nov 2000
Source: Independent on Sunday (UK)
Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/sindy/sindy.html
Address: 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL
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Copyright: Independent Newspapers (UK) Ltd.
Author: Alan Dunn, in Johannesburg

THE BARD AND DOPE: WAS THIS SUCH STUFF AS DREAMS WERE MADE ON?

What stirred the mind of William Shakespeare to such prodigious feats of
creativity? The boundless vision of a natural genius, or something more
exotic?

Two South African scientists think they know the answer and are about to
embark on a series of forensic tests to prove a case that will blow
smoke in the eyes of traditional Shakespearean scholarship.

Dr Frances Thackeray and Professor Nick van der Merwe believe that the
man who bestrides the classical canon was not just a genius, but a very
early pot head.

They have commissioned scientists from the police laboratories in
Pretoria to analyse the contents of several clay pipes retrieved from
New Place in Stratford-upon-Avon 

 

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