2001

Re: Mark Twain

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0713  Saturday, 24 March 2001

From:           Charles Edelman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 22 Mar 2001 07:36:49 +8/00
Subject: 12.0689 Re: Mark Twain
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0689 Re: Mark Twain

The 'same name' comment of Mark Twain about Shakespeare (Homer?) is
looking more and more apocryphal, but I can answer Takashi Kozuka's
query on the longer passage, 'the precious bust ..'.  That DOES come
from the essay, 'Is Shakespeare Dead?'.

Charles Edelman,
School of International Cultural and Community Studies
Edith Cowan University,

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Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0712  Saturday, 24 March 2001

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Wednesday, 21 Mar 2001 11:35:49 -0800
        Subj:   SHK 12.0692 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"

[2]     From:   David Evett <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Wednesday, 21 Mar 2001 14:43:54 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0692 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"

[3]     From:   Sean Lawrence <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Thursday, 22 Mar 2001 11:30:52 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0692 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"


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From:           Mike Jensen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 21 Mar 2001 11:35:49 -0800
Subject: Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"
Comment:        SHK 12.0692 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"

Paul, you wrote:

> There's a 1954 Spencer Tracy film called _Broken Lance_
> which is loosely based on Lear.

Very loosely.  This oft repeated rumor may not be true.  I no longer
have the issue, but I believe it was list member Bernice W. Kliman who
demonstrated in a past issue of *Shakespeare on Film Newsletter* that
this is a mistake.  Back issues of *SNFL* are now available from
Shakespeare Bulletin, if you care to look it up.

All the best,
Mike Jensen

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From:           David Evett <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 21 Mar 2001 14:43:54 -0500
Subject: 12.0692 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0692 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"

The Stratford (Ontario) Festival did what I called at the time a
Ponderosa Ranch version of *Lr* with Douglas Campbell as the king a
couple of decades ago, using a lot of Alberta and Saskatchewan actors
and lots of sheepskin coats.

Dave Evett

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From:           Sean Lawrence <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 22 Mar 2001 11:30:52 -0800
Subject: 12.0692 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0692 Re: Stewart to do TV Texas "Lear"

>There's a 1954
>Spencer Tracy film called _Broken Lance_ which is loosely based on Lear.

Just to complicate things, Broken Lance was itself remade, as I
understand it, into a film set in corporate America (sorry, I don't
recall the title).  There's a whole family tree branching out here.

Cheers,
Se


Re: Feathers

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0710  Saturday, 24 March 2001

From:           Steve Roth <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 21 Mar 2001 09:00:00 -0800
Subject: 12.0676 Feathers
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0676 Feathers

>There is a motif in the
>productions I don't understand.  Red and white feathers, corresponding
>to the colour of the roses, appear from time to time, usually descending
>from the ceiling, though not always.

J. D. Wilson's footnote on Hamlet's "forest of feathers" line (3.2.275)
may provide some illumination:

"Plumes were worn by tragic actors and contemporary references to the
fact are frequent. Cf. note 5.2.96-87 [re Osric taking off his hat] for
a passage from The Malcontent in which Sh.'s fellow actors appear decked
out with feathers, prob. in mockery of some other company. v. Glossary,
"Provincial roses,' 'razed.'"

That Malcontent passage (actually from Webster's Induction to the
play--1604). I can't claim to fully understand this interchange....

Condell. I beseech you, sir, be covered.

Sly. No, in good faith, for mine ease: look you, my hat's the handle to
this fan: God's so, what a beast was I, I did not leave my feather at
home! Well, but I'll take an order with you. *Puts his feather in his
pocket.*

Burbadge. Why do you conceal your feather, sir?

Sly. Why? Do you think I'll have jests broken upon me in the play, to be
laughed at? this play hat beaten all your gallants out of the feathers:
Blackfriars hat almost spoiled Blackfriars for feathers.

Sinklo. God's so, I thought 'twas for somewhat our gentlewomen at home
counselled me to wear my feather to the play....

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The Alchemist' at Stratford

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0711  Saturday, 24 March 2001

From:           David Nicol <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 21 Mar 2001 13:50:56
Subject:        'The Alchemist' at Stratford

Dear SHAKSPEReans,

If you're in Stratford-on-Avon over the weekend, come and see the
Shakespeare Institute Players performing 'The Alchemist'. There will be
quarrelling, gulling and bawdy humour galore.

March 23-25 at the Shakespeare Institute, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon. Perfs. begin at 7.30 on Friday and Saturday, and
there is a matinee at 2.30 on Sunday.

Tickets available at the Institute Office (01789 293138) or on the door
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Re: Bard Bade Goodbye

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0709  Saturday, 24 March 2001

From:           Terence Hawkes <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 21 Mar 2001 10:17:07 -0500
Subject: Re: Bard Bade Goodbye
Comment:        SHK 12.0654 Re: Bard Bade Goodbye

Stephanie Hughes concludes that 'Shakespeare is the magnificent doorway
to the modern English speaking culture, and through it, to the rest of
the great cultures of the world, past and present.'  Eh?  My impression
is that the bearers of 'modern English speaking culture' have not
infrequently tried their best to stamp out some of the great cultures of
the world, past and present. And far from acting as a magnificent
doorway to them, Shakespeare has often been employed as a massive
barrier against them.

Terence Hawkes

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