The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0633 Monday, 10 July 2006
Date: Wednesday, 5 Jul 2006 11:36:36 -0500
Subject: 17.0570 Shakespeare Reading -- Where?
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0570 Shakespeare Reading -- Where?
>I have recurrently wondered where Shakespeare got his books. I assume
>that Shakespeare did not purchase all the books that he apparently read.
In reference to Shakespeare's access to publishing houses as sources for
Shakespeare's reading, Gary Schmidgall, in a Shakespeare Quarterly
article, "The Tempest and Primaleon: A New Source" (SQ 1986 Winter 37.4:
523-39) argues that Shakespeare may have had, through Anthony Munday's
publisher, access to parts of the Primaleon that were not officially in
print. Munday had been promising next installments but they were
apparently delayed, and, as I remember, Schmidgall bases one of his
claims for parallels between Primaleon and Tempest, a general magician
on an island theme with many enumerated but broad parallels, on a
portion of Munday's translation of Primaleon that would see print in
1619. It's been a while since I have worked closely with the article,
but if anyone has reaction to its claims, please write me off list.
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