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Less said the better, it seems
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1211  Monday, 18 July 2005

[1]     From:   Terence Hawkes <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Jul 2005 12:05:16 -0400
        Subj:   SHK 16.1203 Less said the better, it seems

[2]     From:   Norman Hinton <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Jul 2005 11:49:55 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1203 Less said the better, it seems

[3]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Jul 2005 17:44:13 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1203 Less said the better, it seems


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From:           Terence Hawkes <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Jul 2005 12:05:16 -0400
Subject: Less said the better, it seems
Comment:        SHK 16.1203 Less said the better, it seems

Don Bloom concludes

 >'WS has lasted through the centuries because there remain plenty of us who
 >simply love reading and watching and talking about and teaching his
work. '

Oh dear. At such moments, am I the only person into whose mind words
such as 'sentimental', 'simple-minded' and  'codswallop' gently drift?
So does the word 'circular', but perish the thought.

T. Hawkes

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Date:           Friday, 15 Jul 2005 11:49:55 -0500
Subject: 16.1203 Less said the better, it seems
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1203 Less said the better, it seems

Though we seem to be on the same side as to relative merit, I wouldn't
make that assertion without checking all the times that such films are
shown on HBO, STARZ, Cinemax, etc. etc. etc.  I could have seen a Clancy
film  just about every week, often several times a week on such
channels, and that's just counting the last month or so since we signed
up for such service.

 >1) There is more Shakespeare to be seen this year than there are movies
 >of Clancy novels.

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Jul 2005 17:44:13 -0400
Subject: 16.1203 Less said the better, it seems
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1203 Less said the better, it seems

I don't want to invite a discussion about whether LOTR is adult or
children's literature.  But I think we can all agree that it has much is
common with children's lit:  Heavy linear plot lines, simple
characterizations, fantasy and magic, recurrent scenes of physical
danger, etc.  I expect, therefore that it will be read for many
generations, but not enjoy the respect that Shakespeare's works, which
hold the mirror up to nature, will continue to enjoy.

Children's literature, including the works of Dodgson, Lewis, Baum,
Geisel and Rowlings, have legs largely because children who are
enthralled with them grow up to become parents and then want to share
the experience with their own children.

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