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Re: Shakespeare and Marlowe
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2487  Tuesday, 31 December 2002

[1]     From:   Claude Caspar <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Dec 2002 10:16:46 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2470 Frontline does Marlowe

[2]     From:   Russell MacKenzie Fehr <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Dec 2002 10:34:28 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2476 Shakespeare and Marlowe

[3]     From:   Edmund Taft <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Dec 2002 12:35:46 -0500
        Subj:   Shakespeare and Marlowe

[4]     From:   Peter Groves <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Dec 2002 22:57:30 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.2476 Shakespeare and Marlowe


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From:           Claude Caspar <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Dec 2002 10:16:46 -0500
Subject: 13.2470 Frontline does Marlowe
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2470 Frontline does Marlowe

I see (here in Washington, DC) that PBS' Frontline is having a show on
"Much Ado About Something"- Marlowe as possible author of you know what.
Should be worth seeing, though I am surprised this dog still hunts.

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From:           Russell MacKenzie Fehr <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Dec 2002 10:34:28 EST
Subject: 13.2476 Shakespeare and Marlowe
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2476 Shakespeare and Marlowe

Odds are, this is going to be someone who lives in this mother's
basement claiming that he (for some reason there tend not to be too many
notable anti-Stratfordian women) has evidence that Marlowe wasn't really
murdered. The chief problem with this can be summed up with two
questions "Who was murdered, then, instead of Marlowe?" and "Why doesn't
Marlowe's name ever come up again?". And, to respond to answers I'm
already hearing "No, it couldn't have been Shakespeare, the painting we
have of Marlowe and the engraving of "young Shakespeare" in the First
Folio look nothing like each other", and, "Even if someone who knew him
didn't say "Saw Marlowe, though he's been calling himself Shakespeare
lately", certainly the Court (and for the theories to work, he'd have to
still be employed as a spy, otherwise, the Court wouldn't have protected
him) would have mentioned him in some document by name".

While I've been hyperbolic, the people who say that Marlowe wrote
Shakespeare's works tend to have, on average, even worse arguements than
those who claim Oxford wrote them.

Russell MacKenzie Fehr

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From:           Edmund Taft <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Dec 2002 12:35:46 -0500
Subject:        Shakespeare and Marlowe

Dear Bill:

Frontline is usually well researched, thorough, and reliable, in my
experience. But if the title of this program's next piece is "Much Ado
about Something," I fear that this excellent series has dropped the
ball. If only the writers had used the real title of Shakespeare's play!

Best,
Ed Taft

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From:           Peter Groves <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Dec 2002 22:57:30 +0000
Subject: 13.2476 Shakespeare and Marlowe
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.2476 Shakespeare and Marlowe

>SHAKSPEReans might like to know that supposedly on an upcoming PBS
>FRONTLINE show "Much Ado About Something" is to be broadcast next
>Thursday evening, 2 January--in the Washington DC area, maybe
>nationally.

I can recommend the film as an undemanding diversion if you're
interested in a comparative presentation of British and American
eccentricity (dottiness vs. loopiness).

Peter Groves

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