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Shakespeare's Library
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2372  Tuesday, 16 December 2003

From:           W.L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Monday, 15 Dec 2003 13:32:32 -0500
Subject: 14.2361 Shakespeare's Library
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2361 Shakespeare's Library

R. A. Cantrell writes:

>I think that Stoppard's insights into Shakespeare's "process" are a
>better direction than trying to make an academic researcher of the
>playwright.

Do you mean that Shakespeare, when he was at a loss in his writing,
hunted up Kit Marlowe for a drink or two, and Marlowe gave Shakespeare
the proper direction?  I doubt if this is a totally serious suggestion,
but Shakespeare does seem to follow some texts very closely -- and he
either had a very good memory (which is quite possible), or he had the
books before him as he wrote.  This is not to say that Shakespeare
wasn't influenced by conversations with other writers, or influenced by
audience reaction in his revisions.

Bill Godshalk

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