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Shadowplay
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1924  Tuesday, 22 November 2005

From: 		Geralyn Horton <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 22 Nov 2005 12:12:18 -0500
Subject: 	Shadowplay

I'm reading Clare Asquith's book.   I'm not aware of any detailed 
discussion of "Shadowplay" on Shaksper, though it was mentioned 
favorably enough to make me check it out of the library.  I've Googled a 
couple of reviews which talk about the central thesis and list, without 
critique, some of the historic detail offered in support of it.   But I 
am bothered by a series of smallish errors in Asquith's text: inaccurate 
quotations and plot points from individual plays, misnamed 
characters.... (doesn't anybody edit such a Ms for accuracy?)  How many 
minor errors in things I know about as a careful reader of the plays add 
up to a reason to distrust an author's argument in re: things about 
which she is an expert and I am ignorant (for instance, whether RIII is 
a recognizable portrait of Robert Cecil)?


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