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Re: Notolycus
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0633  Wednesday, 2 April 2003

[1]     From:   David Lindley <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 1 Apr 2003 13:48:41 GMT0BST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0627 Re: Notolycus

[2]     From:   Sam Small <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 1 Apr 2003 23:26:08 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0627 Re: Notolycus


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From:           David Lindley <
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Date:           Tuesday, 1 Apr 2003 13:48:41 GMT0BST
Subject: 14.0627 Re: Notolycus
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0627 Re: Notolycus

Terence Hawkes <
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>But Autolycus remains the fulcrum of
>Shakespeare's play.

Indeed yes - that's why Shakespeare found it necessary to invent him,
since there is virtually no suggestion of the character in Greene's
Pandosto, his source for the play.

David Lindley

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From:           Sam Small <
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Date:           Tuesday, 1 Apr 2003 23:26:08 +0100
Subject: 14.0627 Re: Notolycus
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0627 Re: Notolycus

I agree with Terence Hawkes on Autolycus' importance in WT.  In the
fairly dreadful BBC version of the play Autolycus' appearance is
startling and shocking.  The very good actor gave him an Irish accent,
if I remember correctly.  Shakespeare's writing seems to recreate this
monstrous con man from the gutters of Elizabethan London right there on
the stage.  A good example of the writer creating nothing - merely
showing us the real thing.

SAM SMALL
http://www.passioninpieces.co.uk

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