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Shakespeare and the Veneto
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0114  Thursday, 23 January 2003

From:           Sophie Masson <
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Date:           Thursday, 23 Jan 2003 10:52:12 +1100
Subject:        Shakespeare and the Veneto

Dear fellow SHAKSPEReans:

Prior to a visit in May to the Veneto, to research a possible sequel to
my novel, The Tempestuous Voyage of Hopewell Shakespeare, I am following
up all kinds of leads and information on the sources of and influences
on Shakespeare's 'contemporary Italian' plays: The Merchant of Venice,
Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the
Shrew..(I'll also be briefly visiting the Primorska region of Slovenia,
or 'Illyria'!), but not Messina, in Sicily) This makes a kind of grid of
reference: Verona: Padua: Mantua: Venice. (We'll be staying actually
very close to Petrarch's home village!

I wanted to know whether there had been any books or articles written
around the topic, including anything on people WS knew in London who
came from that area, or guidebooks, histories, etc, that may have been
written.  I know of course of John Florio, but his family was
Florentine; and I have also read various bits and pieces about Emilia
Bassanio Lanier, whose father was half-Venetian and half-Jewish. I would
be grateful for any tidbits of information, including useful places to
visit in the Veneto!

Sophie Masson

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