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Upstart Crow
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0338  Tuesday, 15 May 2007

[1] 	From: 	Bob Grumman <
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 	Date: 	Thursday, 3 May 2007 16:50:53 -0500
 	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0322 Upstart Crow

[2] 	From: 	Tad Davis <
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 	Date: 	Thursday, 3 May 2007 20:34:06 -0400
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From: 		Bob Grumman <
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Date: 		Thursday, 3 May 2007 16:50:53 -0500
Subject: 18.0322 Upstart Crow
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0322 Upstart Crow

>crow.  Greene's bias against a grammar school educated writer would
>be enhanced if that writer were threatening his livelihood.
>
>Philip Tomposki

This is the key.  Greene is warning his fellow playwrights from his 
deathbed that they will be forsaken by the actors, and offers as evidence 
the fact that one of the ignorant louts is now writing plays, which means 
they soon won't need them from Greene's friends, anymore, and will 
therefore turn their backs on them.

--Bob G.

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From: 		Tad Davis <
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Date: 		Thursday, 3 May 2007 20:34:06 -0400
Subject: 18.0322 Upstart Crow
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0322 Upstart Crow

One point to keep in mind about Greene's attack (a point that earlier 
discussions here, and on other electronic forums, clarified for me). 
Bombast could mean what we mean by it today, but more concretely it 
referred to cotton stuffing or padding. When Greene speaks of "bombasting 
out a blank verse," he may not be referring to a pompous actor 
out-Heroding Herod, but to a playwright padding out the meter of the verse 
with extra syllables.

Tad Davis

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