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Shakespeare's "first serious critic" revealed by
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2067  Monday, 27 October 2003

From:           Gary Kosinsky <
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Date:           Wednesday, 22 Oct 2003 16:04:39 -0700
Subject: 14.2055 Shakespeare's "first serious critic" revealed
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2055 Shakespeare's "first serious critic" revealed
by Stanley Wells in TLS

In regards to the responses to my questions regarding the legal rights
of owners to destroy property of historical importance:

Thank-you Allan Axelrod for your summary of the legal aspects of this
problem.  It's reassuring to know that, at least in *some* cases, action
could be taken to prevent such destruction.  Since you seem to know
about these things, is it true that it is illegal to destroy *any* paper
currency, even your own?

Larry Weiss, I'm surprised at your easy acceptance of such a
possibility.  Granted, it's an unlikely occurrence.  And I do respect
the rights of private property.  But it still seems to me that there are
certain types of property that (should) carry with them certain
responsibilities and obligations.  Take, as a possible example, a
heritage building.  Isn't it true that while such a property can be
owned privately, the owner cannot demolish it, or substantially alter
its appearance?

And for William Sutton: personally I thought the Taliban's destruction
of the giant Buddhas constituted probable grounds for their removal from
power.  And, yes, I suppose this is a question about the ethics of
maintaining cultural artifacts. However, since, as an infrequent
contributor to, albeit a regular reader of, SHAKSPER, I don't want to
try Hardy Cooke's patience, I will not pursue this question.  I will
simply conclude by saying that I find myself aligned with those who feel
that it would be...nice...if there were some provision ensuring that
items of historical importance could be viewed by interested parties
when required.

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