2005

Shakespeare Reference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1280  Tuesday, 2 August 2005

From:           Nancy Carlton <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Mon, 01 Aug 2005 20:12:13 +0000
Subject: 16.1267 Shakespeare Reference
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1267 Shakespeare Reference

Isn't this precisely NARAL's position?

Hannah Lemberg writes:

 >I found that NARAL has been placing advertisements against John Roberts
 >with the following statement: 'The far right is repeating a mantra of
 >"He's such a nice, intelligent man." So what?! To steal from
 >Shakespeare's Hamlet, "One may smile and smile and be a villain."'

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John Beaumont's Poem "To Mr B. J."

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1279  Tuesday, 2 August 2005

From:           Elliott Stone <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 2 Aug 2005 08:57:00 -0400
Subject: 16.1265 John Beaumont's Poem "To Mr B. J."
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1265 John Beaumont's Poem "To Mr B. J."

I believe that Chambers thought that the 1615 letter to Jonson was
signed "F.B," and was from Francis Beaumont (not John Beaumont).

An interesting interpretation of this letter can be found in Ogburn:
"The Mysterious William Shakespeare" at page 108.

This book also deals with sartorial expenses by a Lord in several
different settings.

Best,
Elliott H. Stone

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1 Richard II

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1277  Tuesday, 2 August 2005

From:           Michael Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 1 Aug 2005 05:38:00 -1000
Subject:        1 Richard II

Bill Lloyd and others:  My web site with a few extracts from my study of
1 Richard II is still under construction. I had no intention of
publishing it until later. Lloyd, you should have checked with me first
before you opened your mouth. However, I shall now complete it, with
this BIG CAVEAT: The site is NOT the book.

To be fair, then, here is a link to Edwin Mellen Press's own web site
for the book too:
http://www.mellenpress.com/mellenpress.cfm?aid=5765&pc=10

--Michael

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Only Outrageous Positions

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1278  Tuesday, 2 August 2005

From:           Bob Lapides <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 1 Aug 2005 10:45:59 EDT
Subject: 16.1268 Only Outrageous Positions
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1268 Only Outrageous Positions

Outrageous positions are sometimes correct, but even when they're not,
they offer a chance to get close to the text in new ways. The notion
that Shakespeare was a crypto-Jew strikes me as absurd, but when (not
often) I have the patience to follow this argument, I enjoy re-reading
the old lines from different perspectives.

Bob Lapides

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Political/Players in the New World

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1276  Tuesday, 2 August 2005

From:           Bill Lloyd <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 1 Aug 2005 10:23:56 EDT
Subject: 16.1264 Political/Players in the New World
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1264 Political/Players in the New World

Jeremy Fiebig This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. writes:

 >"I am attempting to determine the extent of the connection between
 >exploration into the New World (by way of the Virginia Company, the
 >settlement at Jamestown, etc.) and the world of theatre. I'm interested
 >in links -- however superficial -- between members of the Virginia
 >Company, settlers at Jamestown, financiers, etc. and the people
 >who were involved in finance, patronage, production, etc. of theatre."

Captain John Smith's *A Description of New England [&c]*, published in
1616, contains a commendatory verse from Richard Gunnell.  Gunnell was
from at least 1613 a player at the Fortune theatre, eventually becoming
its manager. In 1629 he was among those that built the new Salisbury
Court theatre, where he managed several other companies of players. He
was well-known as a papist, wrote a few plays, and died in 1634. The
verses to Smith read:

    May Fate thy Project prosper, that thy name
    May be eternised with living fame:
       Though foule Detraction honour would pervert,
       And envie ever waits upon desert:
    In spight of Pelias, when his hate lies colde,
    Returne as Jason with a fleece of Golde.
       Then after-ages shall record thy praise,
       That a New England to this Ile didst raise:
    And when thou dy'st (as all that live must die)
    Thy fame live heere; thou, with Eternitie.
                                                        R: Gunnell

It sounds as if Gunnell may have seen Henry IV, Part 1. For more on
Gunnell, see G.E. Bentley *Jacobean & Caroline Stage*, ii, 454-8, and
more recent articles referenced in David Kathman's Biographical Index of
English Drama Before 1660 at
http://shakespeareauthorship.com/bd/bio-g.htm . For Gunnell's companies
see the chapters in volume i of JCS on the Palsgrave's, the King's
Revels and Prince Charles II companies. Off the top of my head I can't
think of any plays staged by those companies that show New World
interest, but a harder look may perhaps reveal some.

The verses are quoted in Bentley, but may also be found in *The Complete
Works of Captain John Smith*, 3 vol., ed Philip L Barbour, (U. North
Carolina Press, 1986), i, 314.  Barbour also gives a reference to his
article "Captain John Smith and the London Theatre", from *Virginia
Magazine of History & Biography* LXXXIII (1975), 277-9, which I have not
seen.

I don't know much about William Strachey, who wrote the "Tempest
Letter", and famously either did or didn't write the Funeral Elegie and
other works by people whose initials were W.S., but Barbour [ii,27]
points out that he was a friend of Ben Jonson and other members of the
Mermaid Club. For more on Strachey, see refs at Kathman's Index.

Bill Lloyd

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