2004

Can Anyone Help?

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1820  Tuesday, 5 October 2004

From:           Margaret H Dupuis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 04 Oct 2004 09:35:24 -0400
Subject: 15.1808 Can Anyone Help?
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1808 Can Anyone Help?

A quick Google search of just one phrase ("She is the scarlet woman,
flaunting her wares")  yielded the following website:

http://disc.server.com/discussion.cgi?disc=130375;article=1293;title=The%20Black
%20Tower%20-%20Wheel%20of%20Time%20RP

As Undergraduate Director in the English Department of a large state
university, I find many occasions to check cases of suspected plagiarism
using Google.  It works almost every time.

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Shakespeare Humourous Novel

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1819  Tuesday, 5 October 2004

[1]     From:   William Sutton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 4 Oct 2004 04:39:10 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Shakespeare Humourous Novel....

[2]     From:   Allen Lyne <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 4 Oct 2004 15:20:23 +0930
        Subj:   New Book


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From:           William Sutton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 4 Oct 2004 04:39:10 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Shakespeare Humourous Novel....

I got notice of this e-book through my website. I read the sample
chapter and it was fun. Maybe some other list members might be interested...

My new novel "Shakespeare is alive and well and living in Sun City" was
e-published by Books Unbound last week.  This may be of interest to the
members of your society, and if you judge that to be the case, you might
like to pass on the information.

So far the book is in e-book form only, but a print edition is to follow.

The book is in the genre of humour.  It starts with the question "What
it Shakespeare was cursed by Hecate to live forever along with every
character he ever created."  I can't say too much more without giving
the plot away, but have appended a short synopsis below.

If you would like to read the first 3 chapters, they are available on
the Books Unbound site at:

www.booksunbound.com/bssa.html....

Not exactly scholarly but an example of new media and Shakespearean
interest.

Yours,
William Sutton
www.iloveshakespeare.com

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From:           Allen Lyne <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 4 Oct 2004 15:20:23 +0930
Subject:        New Book

[Editor's Note: I received the same notice.]

Dear Hardy,

My new novel "Shakespeare is alive and well and living in Sun City" was
e-published by Books Unbound last weeks.  This may be of interest to the
members of your society, and if you judge that to be the case, you might
like to pass on the information.

So far the book is in e-book form only, but a print edition is to follow.

The book is in the genre of humour.  It starts with the question "What
it Shakespeare was cursed by Hecate to live forever along with every
character he ever created."  I can't say too much more without giving
the plot away, but have appended a short synopsis below.

If you would like to read the first 3 chapters, they are available on
the Books Unbound site at

www.booksunbound.com/bssa.html

Thank you for your consideration.

Allen Lyne

Jeffrey Case is a taxi driver who wants to play Hamlet.

He does!  Once!

Jeffrey is called in as understudy at two hours notice and gives the
most execrable performance of Hamlet in the history of theatre.  It is a
performance that is seen by every influential critic and arts'
administrator in the country.  Other more shadowy figures see it as
well.  There are consequences.

In a high-rise apartment building a group of people reside.  All of them
are costumed as characters from Shakespeare's plays. The man living in
the penthouse apartment looks and dresses like Shakespeare.  Strange
chants and imprecations come from a windowless room on the 2nd floor.
Mysterious ice-cream vans arrive and depart from behind an impenetrable
high fence at this location.

Jeffrey Case stumbles into a nightmare world of drugs, sex, magic and
Shakespeare as he tries to unravel the mystery of the severed head and
the two-hundred thousand dollars mysteriously left in his taxi by the
beautiful redhead in the silky green dress.

The book is set around an outdoor production of 'A Midsummer-Night's
Dream'.  Many of the things that happen to the characters echo events in
the play.  Even the reason for the modern outdoor production is a mirror
to the original production.

Is Shakespeare really alive?  Who are the mysterious characters?  Who is
running the drugs' business in Jeffrey's hometown of Sun City?

Will Jeffrey ever get laid?  Will he ever get to bed?


Allen Lyne's Books & Plays  www.bearly.net
"A Handicap for the Devil?"
"Shakespeare is alive & well & living in Sun City."
Novels by Allen Lyne
www.booksunbound.com

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Today's Posts

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1817  Tuesday, 5 October 2004

From:           Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Subject:        Today's Posts

A new Internet protection program I installed blocked some of the
messages I received on the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
accounts yesterday. I have done my best to recover what was sent.

However, if you made a submission and it does not appear in today's
posts, please resend.

Hardy M. Cook

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Shakespeare's Bed

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1818  Tuesday, 5 October 2004

From:           Michael A. Morrison <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 5 Oct 2004 05:27:38 EDT
Subject:        Shakespeare's Bed

The following is currently being auctioned on eBay. I offer the item
description without comment:

"William Shakespeare- Wood from his bed. Here is an authentic piece of
wood from the bed of William Shakespeare. The piece was originally
purchased by John Reznikoff/University Archives from well known art and
manuscript dealer, Mr. Bruce Gimelson. Prior to that it was offered in
an auction in Hartford, Connecticut in the collection of A.E. Brooks,
Antique Guns, Pistols, etc. The sale took place in 1899, and was Lot
number 1835, and it clearly labeled so on the original presentation. The
original presentation contains a contemporary manuscript attestation
which reads as follows; "..cut from Shakespeare's [be]dsead given to Wm.
Brooke [by] Mr. Trepass Stratford on Av[on] [E]ngland July 1860." Copies
of the aforementioned documents are included with this item. It is well
known that anything relating to Shakespeare is of legendary rarity and
desirability. Pieces of wood that came from a tree in Shakespeare's yard
that was felled in the 18th Century often fetch thousands of dollars. We
have never heard of, in private hands, or handled anything so directly
related to the most famous author of all time. This small piece of wood
from Shakespeare's bed is beautifully matted with two nameplates and a
terrific printed engraving of Shakespeare to an overall size of 20X16.
This item is number 250 of 300 and comes with a hand signed COA by John
Reznikoff as well as other documentation. An excellent presentation in
mint condition."

It can be viewed at:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=14428&item=2274877262&rd=1

Or dial up eBay's Advanced Search function and type in the item number,
which is 2274877262.

Michael A. Morrison

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Modified Procedures

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1816  Monday, 4 October 2004

[1]     From:   Kathy Dent <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Friday, 01 Oct 2004 14:05:12 +0100
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.1799 Modified Procedures

[2]     From:   Stuart Hampton-Reeves <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Friday, 01 Oct 2004 14:51:47 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1799 Modified Procedures

[3]     From:   Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Friday, 01 Oct 2004 11:01:42 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1799 Modified Procedures

[4]     From:   Matthew Baynham <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Sunday, 3 Oct 2004 11:18:22 +0100
        Subj:   Modified Procedures

[5]     From:   David Evett <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Friday, 1 Oct 2004 16:14:39 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1742 Beale-Fielding Macbeth

[6]     From:   Charles Weinstein <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Sunday, 3 Oct 2004 14:49:55 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1799 Modified Procedures

[7]     From:   Kenneth Chan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 04 Oct 2004 10:13:32 +0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1794 Modified Procedures


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From:           Kathy Dent <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 01 Oct 2004 14:05:12 +0100
Subject: 15.1799 Modified Procedures
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1799 Modified Procedures

 >And let us demand the same of Shakespeare productions.  He wrote older
 >roles for Burbage as he got older.   So let us have Romeo and Juliet
 >young and beautiful, at least on film.  And so on.
 >
 >Judy Lewis

Yes, and let us have Juliet played by a BOY, just as Shakespeare
intended!  How pitiful is the audience so bereft of imaginary forces
that every character has to announce what they are by how they look.
Surface charm is for the cinema.  The theatre has so much more than this
to offer.

Kathy Dent

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From:           Stuart Hampton-Reeves <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 01 Oct 2004 14:51:47 +0100
Subject: 15.1799 Modified Procedures
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1799 Modified Procedures

Regarding the recent post about Simon Russell Beale, Stanley Wells
writes about comments that "I should imagine would have been libellous
if they had appeared in print. I don't see why they should be regarded
as any more acceptable on the internet." Whether the comments are
libellous or not does not depend on whether they are in print or on the
internet. Charles W should not worry unduly however - it will be Hardy
who receives the writ as the email containing the libel is from him.
This, for me, is the most worrying aspect of the affair and why
moderated procedures are essential for the future of this list.

Stuart Hampton-Reeves

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From:           Larry Weiss <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 01 Oct 2004 11:01:42 -0400
Subject: 15.1799 Modified Procedures
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1799 Modified Procedures

 >Shakespeare ... wrote older
 >roles for Burbage as he got older.

Indeed; and he might have tinkered with the text of Act V of Hamlet
after people started joking about a fat forty year old playing a
character who was evidently supposed to be a fit twenty year old.

It is after Hamlet that the male leads were all middle aged or upwards.

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From:           Matthew Baynham <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 3 Oct 2004 11:18:22 +0100
Subject:        Modified Procedures

I don't know who originally made the 'vicar's tea party' crack, but me
and my clerical mates can find out where he lives and come round and
sort him out any time.

Matthew Baynham
(erstwhile Vicar, St Luke's Cradley Heath, The Ascension, Bath etc etc.)

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From:           David Evett <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 1 Oct 2004 16:14:39 -0400
Subject: 15.1742 Beale-Fielding Macbeth
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1742 Beale-Fielding Macbeth

Sorry to reply so late to this, but I skipped over the original post.
Charles Weinstein seems to let deeply stereotypical images of lovers and
heroes prevent his responding to characterizations that, as they differ
from those that established the stereotype, may refresh our reactions to
the parts we've already seen performed many times.  Beale is plump: on
stage, plump is funny; Beale must therefore be confined to comic roles.
  I think, instead, of an authoritative and moving Cyrano I saw at the
Shaw Festival in 1983, performed by a rotund little comic actor named
Heath Lamberts; despite his tummy he radiated conviction and
intelligence and purpose, spoke as well as anybody I've heard, and moved
with such grace and energy and economy that his mastery in the swordplay
scenes was utterly persuasive.  But since he fell short--and wide--of
the standard criteria for masculine sexual appeal it was not just his
nose that prevented the dim-witted Roxanne from seeing the inner man.  I
think also of Peter Ustinov's sweet, sad Lear at Stratford, Ont.  And of
some chubby athletes--Charles Barkley, Kirby Puckett--who surprised a
lot of opponents and sportswriters and fans by their speed and
effectiveness.  Should we not wait until we see the performance to judge it?

David Evett

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From:           Charles Weinstein <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 3 Oct 2004 14:49:55 -0400
Subject: 15.1799 Modified Procedures
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1799 Modified Procedures

Stanley Wells wrote:

 >"I must disagree profoundly with my friend Terry Hawkes. The comments
 >about another friend, Simon Russell Beale, were deeply and personally
 >offensive to an extent that I should imagine would have been libellous
 >if they had appeared in print. I don't see why they should be regarded
 >as any more acceptable on the internet."

I'm a lawyer (J.D., Harvard Law School, 1980), and am not impressed by
specious imputations of libel.  Let me remind or inform Professor Wells
that Beale's physicality and sexuality have been openly discussed in the
mainstream press as well as on the Internet.  Some believe that his
obesity and effeminacy do not qualify his effectiveness in roles such as
Hamlet.  Others, including Robert Brustein and John Simon, have taken
the opposite view.

A more serious concern is that Beale lacks the talent to offset or
transcend his other deficits.  In that regard, I would repeat the
summary that I offered last year, viz., that he is conceptually
unimaginative, rhetorically mediocre, vocally congested, physically
graceless, emotionally shallow and dramatically turgid.  I could
elaborate upon any or all of those judgments, and will do so if requested.

Obviously, those who disagree are free to express their opinion.  Just
as obviously, they are not free to suppress mine.

Finally, I wish that some people would stop confusing protectiveness
towards friends with adherence to principle.  The two are not the same;
very often, one entails the sacrifice of the other.

--Charles Weinstein

P.S.  Let's regard the Henry VI.2 jokes as given.

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From:           Kenneth Chan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 04 Oct 2004 10:13:32 +0800
Subject: 15.1794 Modified Procedures
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1794 Modified Procedures

Terence Hawkes writes:

 >"The real danger is that we'll
 >all end up sounding like Kenneth Chan."

As I said earlier, Terence, I am irrelevant in the broader scheme of
things, so you are entitled to your opinion.

Regards,
Kenneth Chan
http://www.hamlet.vze.com

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