The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1617 Wednesday, 10 July 2002
Date: Wednesday, 10 Jul 2002 12:25:22 +0100
Subject: Re: Shakespeare in the New DNB: "Triumphantly International"
Al Magary wonders who is the author of the new DNB article on
Shakespeare. The DNB office leaves it to contributors to decide whether
to preserve their anonymity at this stage but I'll hold my hand up and
plead guilty. The article is in all rather longer than Al suggests: it's
37,000 words, not counting the bibliography. I knew I'd live to regret
putting in the stuff about the Shakespeare names for cigars (though it
was the DNB people who told me about Antonio y Cleopatra) but it's a
small part of a longer section on Shakespeare's presence in popular
culture, something that SHAKSPERians know a great deal about. As to
whether, like Sidney Lee's brilliant piece in the original DNB, mine
will become a separate book, well, you'll have to wait to see after the
Oxford DNB is published in 2004/5.
SHAKSPERians will not be surprised to know that, after I did a radio
talk on the piece for the BBC last year, I received a number of letters
wanting to put me straight about who *really* wrote the plays and
offering to read drafts of my article to correct my errors. I declined
their generous thought.
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