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Re: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Names
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1459  Tuesday, 12 June 2001

[1]     From:   Thomas Larque <
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        Date:   Monday, 11 Jun 2001 14:06:55 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1439 Re: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Names

[2]     From:   Tom Simone <
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        Date:   Monday, 11 Jun 2001 10:19:56 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1439 Re: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Names


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From:           Thomas Larque <
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Date:           Monday, 11 Jun 2001 14:06:55 +0100
Subject: 12.1439 Re: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Names
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1439 Re: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Names

> I might mention in passing that I have started work on a treatise that
> will prove that the works of 'Shakespeare' were in fact written by an
> Arab nobleman called Sheikh Speer, who started his career holding
> camels
> outside the desert playtents. I'll inform you when it's ready for
> publication.  You're welcome.

I presume that Pervez Rizvi is joking in his comments above.  This
morning, however, I was reading Peter Brook's "Evoking Shakespeare"
which included a reference to an audience member in Russia who told
Brook "We all know here that Shakespeare came from Uzbekistan because
the name 'Sheik' is an Arab term and a 'peer' is a wise man, so
'Shakespeare' was a code name to tell everyone that he was a
Crypto-Muslim living in a Protestant country where Catholics were being
prosecuted" (p.9).  It seems almost impossible to parody views of this
kind, as almost every suggestion - however bizarre and implausible - has
been seriously made by somebody at some time.

Thomas Larque.

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From:           Tom Simone <
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Date:           Monday, 11 Jun 2001 10:19:56 -0400
Subject: 12.1439 Re: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Names
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1439 Re: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Names

Many thanks to all for the informed and extensive background on the
question of the names of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

I am in your debt(s) for your generosity and tolerance.

Best,
Tom Simone
University of Vermont

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