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Re: Murder of Gonzago
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0269  Wednesday, 30 January 2002

[1]     From:   David Kathman <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 29 Jan 2002 21:17:32 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0248 Re: Murder of Gonzago

[2]     From:   Todd Pettigrew <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 10:17:06 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0225 Re: Murder of Gonzago


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From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 29 Jan 2002 21:17:32 -0600
Subject: 13.0248 Re: Murder of Gonzago
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0248 Re: Murder of Gonzago

Paul E. Doniger wrote,

>Although the information is probably dated, Bullough deals with the
>background of the Gonzago story in an old issue of _Modern Language
>Review_ (30.4:433-444), Oct. 1935. It's a pretty thorough study.

Harold Jenkins has a concise summary of the facts, with some
speculation, in the Arden 2 *Hamlet*, pp. 101-3 and 507-8.

Dave Kathman

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From:           Todd Pettigrew <
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Date:           Wednesday, 30 Jan 2002 10:17:06 -0800
Subject: 13.0225 Re: Murder of Gonzago
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0225 Re: Murder of Gonzago

Berger and Bradford's Index of Characters in English Drama lists only
one play that predates Hamlet with a character in it named Gonzago,
Marlowe's Massacre at Paris. The second part of a play called Promus and
Cassandra has a character named Gonsago.  Other than Hamlet, no play is
listed with a character called Lucianus.

I don't know that either of these has been a serious contender for the
Murder of Gonzago play in Hamlet.  Perhaps Shakespeare took the name
from Marlowe and nothing else.

t.

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