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Not included in this edition...sedition it is,
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0442  Wednesday, 4 July 2007

From: 		Elliott Stone <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 3 Jul 2007 17:03:37 -0500
Subject: 18.0418 Not included in this edition...sedition it is, 
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0418 Not included in this edition...sedition it is, 
indeed!

I wish that someone had told me that "A Lover's Complaint" was being 
jettisoned from the Shakespeare Canon before I plowed through "Critical 
Essays on Shakespeare's A Lover's Complaint Suffering Ecstasy" edited by 
Shirley Sharon-Zisser (pp202).

Thanks a lot for the recommendation "Shakespeare Quarterly"!

I must say, however, that Chapter 4 "Unfinished Business: A Lover's 
Complaint and Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and The Rape of Lucrece by John 
Roe certainly eclipsed a lot of stuff that appears in other places on 
this sad short poem. I am, for example, one of those people that have 
always found more in Hamlet "than the action can cope with". It may be 
that some of the hints, as Roe argues in this essay can be found in "A 
Lover's Complaint". However, I would like to suggest to Mr. Bates ( re: 
p 116) that if he would agree that "the wretched letter" written by 
Hamlet to Ophelia and read to her by Polonius is actually a forgery 
written by that very wretched old man then he might end up with a 
different and perhaps a better view of the Prince's character.

Best,
Elliott H. Stone

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