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Columbo and Shakespeare?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.2018  Friday, 26 November 2004

[1]     From:   Arthur Lindley <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 20:36:04 +0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?

[2]     From:   Philip Eagle <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 07:38:05 -0500
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[3]     From:   Himadri Chatterjee <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 12:58:14 +0000 (GMT)
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[4]     From:   Jack Heller <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 08:26:16 -0500 (EST)
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[5]     From:   John-Paul Spiro <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 10:44:37 -0500
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[6]     From:   Bill Arnold <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 09:14:42 -0800 (PST)
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[7]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 13:07:51 -0500
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[8]     From:   Stuart Hampton-Reeves <
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        Date:   Friday, 26 Nov 2004 08:18:56 +0000
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From:           Arthur Lindley <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 20:36:04 +0800
Subject: 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?

Actually, the figure is based on Harold Bloom, who thinks he's solved
many mysteries in Shakespeare, such as who invented the human.

Arthur Lindley

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From:           Philip Eagle <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 07:38:05 -0500
Subject: 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?

Sounds to me like a garbled version of the more plausible theory that
Columbo bears a debt to Porfiry Petrovich, the policeman in "Crime and
Punishment".

Philip

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From:           Himadri Chatterjee <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 12:58:14 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?

I had heard that the character of Columbo was based on the police
officer (I think his name is Porfiry Petrovich) in Dostoyevsky's "Crime
and Punishment". In that novel, the police inspector plays cat-and-mouse
games with the murderer Raskolinkov, much as Columbo does in the TV series.

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From:           Jack Heller <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 08:26:16 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?

Dogberry sort of does. And he's probably closest in occupation to a
police lieutenant.

Heller

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From:           John-Paul Spiro <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 10:44:37 -0500
Subject: 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?

Columbo is based on the Inspector from Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment."

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From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 09:14:42 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?

HR Greenberg writes, "Someone recently mentioned to me that there had
been an article source alone in which it was claimed that the Columbo
character in the eponymous series was based on a Shakespearean
character. I can't think of who that would be. There are certainly no
lack of wise clowns in the plays, but I can't think of any who solved a
mystery.  Anyone out there know what this is all about-if anything."

Sheesh, this is so easy!  Prince Hamlet.  Only in the true sense of a
tragedy, unlike Columbo and Sherlock Holmes, who live, our gumfoot runs
afoul of the bad guys and dies with the smoking gun stage-center as the
curtain drops. Oh, yeah, his trusty side-kick Doctor Watson aka Horatio
lives to tell the story, as in "Call me Ishmael...."  Got to have
somebody not go-down-with-the-ship in order to deliver the narrative to
make it all believable!

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

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Date:           Thursday, 25 Nov 2004 13:07:51 -0500
Subject: 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?

Dogberry, of course; but he stumbled over the conspiracy.  Columbo
figures it out, doesn't he?

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From:           Stuart Hampton-Reeves <
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Date:           Friday, 26 Nov 2004 08:18:56 +0000
Subject: 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.2012 Columbo and Shakespeare?

I believe Columbo was based on Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment (in
that the detective's story is told from the criminal's point of view).

Stuart Hampton-Reeves

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