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Shakespeare and Electricity
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2054  Monday, 27 August 2001

From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Friday, 24 Aug 2001 13:11:18 -0400
Subject:        Shakespeare and Electricity

I received this inquiry today.  Can anyone be of assistance? (I could
only think of Michael Hoffman's MND.)

Dear Prof. Burt:

I am a professor of anthropology at the university of Arizona, presently
a senior fellow at the Dibner Institute at MIT.  My current project is
about the early history of electrical technology.  I have a question
relating to your Shakespearean expertise:  do you know of any reference
or allusion in Shakespeare's writings to electricity or to the works of
William Gilbert, who published his magnum opus on electricity and
magnetism in 1600?  He was physician to the Queen.

Thanks in advance for your help.
mike)

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