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Desperately Seeking Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.061  Monday, 13 January 2003

From:           L. Swilley <
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Date:           Saturday, 11 Jan 2003 09:50:36 -0600
Subject:        Desperately Seeking Shakespeare

>... some of Mike's evidence suggests
>that Shakespeare was a more complicated person than we might think.
>Sure, he was "gentle" and had good manners. But he may have been the
>prototype of the "romantic" author: a far different person in everyday
>life than when up in his room, or at the local tavern, writing such
>remarkable plays...
>
> --Ed Taft

Perhaps for further enlightenment - but certainly of a questionable kind
- we should apply to Edward Bond's mind-numbing play about Shakespeare's
last days.  But read it, don't attend a performance. I did the latter,
and although the principal roles were delivered by John Gielgud and
Albert Finney in a concerted effort to animate this determined corpse,
even their brave attempts were insufficient to hold me to my seat beyond
the middle of the second act.  I raced from the theater seeking the
reasonable air - and the reviving comforts of the pub next door.

L. Swilley

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