The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0545 Thursday, 8 June 2006
Date: Wednesday, 7 Jun 2006 09:46:10 -0400
Subject: Look Back in Anger
In Look Back in Anger, Jimmy Porter says
"Oh yes, and then there's an American professor from Yale or somewhere,
who believes that when Shakespeare was writing The Tempest, he changed
his sex. Yes, he was obliged to go back to Stratford because the other
actors couldn't take him seriously any longer. This professor chap is
coming over here to search for certain documents which will prove that
poor old W.S. ended up in someone else's second best bed-a certain
Warwichshire farmer's, whom he married after having three children by him."
Does anyone know if Jimmy (that is, Osbourne) is making this up out of
whole cloth, or is he satirizing anyone in particular?
C. David Frankel
Assistant Director of Theatre
School of Theatre and Dance
University of South Florida
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