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The Wedding Legend for MND
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0606  Friday, 5 March 2004

[1]     From:   Stanley Wells <
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        Date:   Thursday, 4 Mar 2004 12:54:36 -0000
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0601 The Wedding Legend for MND

[2]     From:   Carey Upton <
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        Date:   Thursday, 4 Mar 2004 11:20:54 -0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0601 The Wedding Legend for MND


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From:           Stanley Wells <
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Date:           Thursday, 4 Mar 2004 12:54:36 -0000
Subject: 15.0601 The Wedding Legend for MND
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0601 The Wedding Legend for MND

There is an excellent chapter on this, as well as an appendix on the
history of the topic, in Gary Jay Williams's Our Midnight Revels: A
Midsummer Night's Dream in the Theatre (Iowa, 1997) (the title is an
example of what Stephen Fry, referring particularly to films, recently
called 'colonic irritation'.)

Like me he thinks the whole thing is a mare's nest.

Stanley Wells

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From:           Carey Upton <
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Date:           Thursday, 4 Mar 2004 11:20:54 -0800
Subject: 15.0601 The Wedding Legend for MND
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0601 The Wedding Legend for MND

For more information on the wedding myth, you might consult OUR
MOONLIGHT REVELS: A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Theatre by Gary Jay
Williams [University of Iowa Press: 1997].

Through a study of the evidence, he concludes the wedding myth theory
has never been convincingly supported and Elizabethan theatre practice
makes a topically designed play very unlikely.

A lack of documentary evidence aside, I like the wedding myth theory
because my family genealogists suspect we are distantly related to
Elizabeth Carey, granddaughter of Shakespeare's patron.

Carey Upton

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