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"Reading" the Plays
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0255  Wednesday, 30 January 2002

From:           Jimmy Jung <
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Date:           Tuesday, 29 Jan 2002 10:52:19 -0500
Subject:        "Reading" the Plays

I think there have been a few discussions here about reading the plays,
and problems that might be incurred when you read versus see them.  I,
however, was wondering when the idea of reading play was introduced.  I
like reading them but, as it has been repeatedly noted on this list,
plays were originally written to be seen.  When did it occur to someone
that Shakespeare's plays (or any plays) could be read for themselves, or
that they were a publishable commodity.

I put this odd notion up there with the first person to try rocky
mountain oysters or put catsup on scrambled eggs.  The idea is not
inconceivable, but what was the first person thinking when it happened?

jimmy

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