2002

Best Shakespeare Biography

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1022  Friday, 12 April 2002

From:           Bill Arnold <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 10 Apr 2002 16:20:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Best Shakespeare Biography

When I go to my shelf for a biography of Shakespeare, my hand reaches
for Sam Schoenbaum's _Shakespeare's Lives_.  Do I err in my reach?  I
would love to hear from all and sundry, what is your best biography of
Shakespeare, and why.  I wish to put it on my shelf.  Oh, and please
limit your remarks to 25 words or less in answering why, for the sake of
our moderator's patience.

Bill Arnold

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Belmont on the Brenta?

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1021  Friday, 12 April 2002

From:           W.L. Godshalk <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 10 Apr 2002 17:01:08 -0400
Subject:        Belmont on the Brenta?

Thomas Coryate, Coryates Cruidities (1611), sig N8, comments on the
river Brenta as "very commodius for the citizens of Padua. For they may
passe forth and backe in a Barke downe the riuer from Padua to Venice,
and from Venice againe to Padua very easily in the space of foure &
twenty houres." He estimates the distance at twenty-five miles, and he
notes that the river is lined with "goodly faire houses and Palaces of
pleasure."  And I have just been looking at Giuseppe Bruno's photographs
of the Brenta in La Riviera del Brenta (1996). Some of the remaining
palaces are striking.

It occurs to me that Shakespeare may have had the Brenta in mind as the
fictional locale of Portia's Belmont. John Florio could have given him
the information. Were Belmont imaginatively placed on the Brenta, the
characters' rapid transit between Belmont, Padua, and Venice would be
accounted for.

But this imaginative placing would NOT account for the apparent fact
that Bassanio and his retinue take almost three months to go from Venice
to Belmont, though his return to Venice is much, much quicker.

Let's pretend, for the sake of discussion, that Belmont is one of the
pleasure palaces on the Brenta.  Why would Bassanio take so long to make
the trip from Venice to Belmont if it is twenty-five miles or less?

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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Re: Touchstone

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1019  Friday, 12 April 2002

[1]     From:   Nancy Charlton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Wednesday, 10 Apr 2002 11:07:26 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1008 Re: Touchstone

[2]     From:   Stuart Manger <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Wednesday, 10 Apr 2002 22:34:24 +0100
        Subj:   SHK 13.1008 Re: Touchstone


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From:           Nancy Charlton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 10 Apr 2002 11:07:26 -0700
Subject: 13.1008 Re: Touchstone
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1008 Re: Touchstone

R.A. Cantrell wrote,

>http://www.touchstone.bham.ac.uk
>
>This link does not work for me.

It worked just fine for me, and what a site it is!

The link that doesn't work for me, however, is the one to SHAKSPER. My
browser returns a 404 every time I've tried it. Is it there yet?

Nancy Charlton

[Editor's Note: There are times the site <www.shaksper.net> is down for
maintenance, but these are very infrequent. Have you tried another
browser? Both the latest Netscape and Internet Explorer work for me.
-Hardy]

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From:           Stuart Manger <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 10 Apr 2002 22:34:24 +0100
Subject: Re: Touchstone
Comment:        SHK 13.1008 Re: Touchstone

Worked perfectly for me from UK.

Is flash.net a derivative of AOL? Might there be a problem there?

Stuart Manger

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Productions at New Globe

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1020  Friday, 12 April 2002

From:           Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 10 Apr 2002 14:52:55 -0400
Subject: 13.0999 Re: Romeo+Juliet=0
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0999 Re: Romeo+Juliet=0

>I have a question of my own for those on the list who have
>seen most or all of the productions at the New Globe: at this stage do
>you have any sense as to whether there has been any correlation between
>success of productions (whatever that might mean) and intensity of
>historicizing effort?  I can imagine the imposition of standards of
>historicity having a positive effect on the production process:
>inventive responses to arbitrary constraints of one kind and another >lie
>at the base of all successful art.  But they can also just make people
>be clumsy or tired or angry.

I have seen all the Shakespearean productions at the Globe except for
the pre-opening TG/V.  It seems to me that the ones that worked best
were the traditionally staged productions and the worst were the
gimmicky ones.  My ranking is as follows:

AYLI (rated highest because of the enchanting Rosaline)
A&C (all male cast)
HenV (all male cast)
C/E
M/V
Ham
KL
TNK
JC
Mac (gimmicky)
Cym (very gimmicky)
WT (gimmicky)

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Re: Billy Connolly at The Globe

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1018  Friday, 12 April 2002

From:           Jack Heller <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 10 Apr 2002 17:52:54 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 13.1002 Billy Connolly at The Globe
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1002 Billy Connolly at The Globe

I don't know the program in which the following was said:

>He approached in a river-boat, and told us that this was how many of >the theatre-goers would have arrived.

There is a fair amount of evidence for it. See, for example, the
Middleton pamphlet The Ant and the Nightingale. I don't have the passage
with me, or else I quote it.

Jack Heller

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