2001

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1687  Tuesday, 3 July 2001

From:           Andrew W. White <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 2 Jul 2001 15:30:32 -0400
Subject:        Spencer vs. Jonson

Perhaps it could be something as simple as differences in
style/education/attitude, coupled with a knowledge that exchanges of
invective would be great for box office.  At least, that's how I read
Shakespeare's own satire of his neighbors across the street in
_Hamlet_.  I should think we're beyond the more literal interpretation
of such in-print rivalries, and can appreciate the possibility that
everyone knew each other, and prodded each other accordingly.

To this end, a useful comparison might be the 'battle' between Gozzi and
Goldoni in Venice; albeit of a later period, both knew full well that
mutual hatred of each others' styles was great publicity and kept them
both in a job.

Cheers,
Andy White

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