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Burgess Short Story
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2136  Thursday, 6 November 2003

[1]     From:   Bill Arnold <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 5 Nov 2003 08:37:19 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2127 Burgess [and Kipling] Short Story

[2]     From:   Debra Murphy <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 5 Nov 2003 16:33:07 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2127 Burgess Short Story


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From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Nov 2003 08:37:19 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.2127 Burgess [and Kipling] Short Story
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2127 Burgess [and Kipling] Short Story

Kay H. Smith writes, "The Anthony Burgess short story is called 'The
Muse.'  It was first published in The Hudson Review in 1968.  Burgess
recycled it in <Enderby's Dark Lady> published in 1984.  He also
included another short story called 'Will and Testament' that opens
<Enderby's Dark Lady>.  That story explains how Will got his name in
Psalm 46."

In my book *Jesus: The Gospel According To Will* I wrote:  "Rudyard
Kipling in 1932 published a short story entitled 'Proofs of Holy Writ.'
It is a direct quotation from *Othello*, Act III, Scene 3, 'Trifles
light as air are to the jealous confirmations strong as proofs of holy
writ.'  The biography of Kipling notes that he got the idea for the
story from a discussion with colleagues about the question of whether or
not Will Shakespeare had an influence in the writing of the KJV.  In the
short story, Ben Jonson and Will Shakespeare *actually* rewrite the
earlier English Bibles as part of King James I's committee of learned
scholars, giving the final translation the ultimate test of true minds
of a poetical nature."

It is a general consensus of scholars that Anthony Burgess rode the
coattails of Rudyard Kipling on this one!

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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From:           Debra Murphy <
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Date:           Wednesday, 5 Nov 2003 16:33:07 -0800
Subject: 14.2127 Burgess Short Story
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2127 Burgess Short Story

Thank you all, Douglas, Kay, and Bill.  I knew I could rely on
SHAKSPER!  And now my curiosity is piqued, I'm going to have to read
this thing myself.

Debra Murphy
http://www.bardolatry.com

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