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Re: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Names
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1483  Wednesday, 13 June 2001

From:           Don Bloom <
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Date:           Tuesday, 12 Jun 2001 09:36:47 -0500
Subject: 12.1459 Re: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Names
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1459 Re: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Names

Thomas Larque writes of the Sheik Speer business, "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."

Just so. I remember this very well as a joke from just about thirty
years ago. I recall clearly Coburn Freer (then of the University of
Montana later of Georgia) coming into our graduate seminar on
Shakespeare's Late Romances and telling us about this wonderful parody
he'd just read purporting to prove that WS was an Arab named Sheik Esbir
(I think it was).

We all got a good chuckle out of it even second hand. What could be
sillier!

Is this an example of life imitating art?

don

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