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Shakespeare Speaks to Victor Hugo
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1768  Monday, 12 August 2002

From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 Aug 2002 16:07:33 -0700
Subject:        Shakespeare Speaks to Victor Hugo

An amusing, no doubt apocryphal story, serving as the first paragraph of
a Salon review of John Gross, ed., _After Shakespeare: An Anthology_
(Oxford, 2002):

"Some 250 years after his burial, William Shakespeare took the trouble
to visit French author Victor Hugo at a Parisian seance. At first the
others in attendance were perplexed that, through a planchette,
Shakespeare delivered his message in perfect French. But the bard
obligingly explained that, with the wisdom of age, he now found their
language superior to his own -- a lucky break as Hugo himself spoke no
English. Then Shakespeare went on, in measured verse, to say that he
read Hugo's writing regularly up in heaven, often aloud for the benefit
of the other immortals. Cervantes silenced Moli


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