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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1790  Monday, 15 September 2003

From:           Patrick Dolan <
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Date:           Saturday, 13 Sep 2003 10:05:32 -0500
Subject:        Heat

I know we've gone beyond Hardy's patience but those of you who want to
trade volleys about the French heat wave might want to look at Erik
Klinenberg's "Heat Wave," which is about Chicago in 1995. (If you look
it up on amazon.com, bear in mind that the New England Journal of
Medicine had the chairman of Chicago's public health commission review
it, so the criticisms reflect an interest opposed to the books
conclusions.)

Which leads to the question: Did England have any serious heat waves
during Shakespeare's lifetime? I think I know that crops failed badly
several times during the eighties. Was it drought? Too much rain? What?
Are there references in the plays?

Cheers,
Pat

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