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Leo Strauss
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1151  Tuesday, 10 June 2003

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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Jun 2003 06:47:13 -0400
Subject:        Leo Strauss

Dear Shakespeareans,

I have been observing the interaction between the members of this group
and have come to the conclusion that more members try to read into and
reinterpret Shakespeare rather than accept Shakespeare for Shakespeare's
true nature.  Below is a quote from the Saturday June 8, 2003 edition of
the New York Times written by Jenny Strauss Clay concerning her father
Leo Strauss. Title of article "The Real Leo Strauss"

""My father saw reading not as a passive exercise but as taking part in
an active dialogue with the great minds of the past. One had to read
with great care, great respect, and try, as he always said, to
"understand the author as he understood himself." Today this task,
admittedly difficult and demanding, is dismissed in fashionable academia
as impossible. Rather, we are told, each reader inevitably constructs
his own text over which the author has no control, and the writer's
intentions are irrelevant.""

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