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How long to write a play?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0421  Friday, 29 June 2007

[1] 	From: 	Larry Weiss <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 00:52:18 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0415 How long to write a play?

[2] 	From: 	Al Magary <
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	Date: 	Wednesday, 27 Jun 2007 23:29:50 -0700
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0415 How long to write a play?

[3] 	From: 	Louis W. Thompson <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 16:48:05 EDT
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[4] 	From: 	Bob Grumman <
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	Date: 	Friday, 29 Jun 2007 10:26:23 -0500
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From: 		Larry Weiss <
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Date: 		Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 00:52:18 -0400
Subject: 18.0415 How long to write a play?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0415 How long to write a play?

 > I just put my copy of Hall (Scolar, 1970) on the scale and it weighs
 >over 10 pounds. It's in black-letter type. Be honest. The last time you
 >read Hall, how long did it take?

To be sure, Hall is slow going; which might be why there is much more 
Holinshed that Hall in the plays.

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From: 		Al Magary <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 27 Jun 2007 23:29:50 -0700
Subject: 18.0415 How long to write a play?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0415 How long to write a play?

Bill Godschalk wrote:

 >I just put my copy of Hall (Scolar, 1970) on the scale and it weighs over
 >10 pounds. It's in black-letter type. Be honest. The last time you read
 >Hall, how long did it take?

No one but me even admitted they'd read Hall the last time this question 
was asked several years ago by R.A. Cantrell, and I doubt the number of 
readers has gone up much.  Hall is 800,000 words--10 times the length of 
the so-called standard book that I am sure everyone has read.  Hall is 
poorly printed blackletter in facsimile, yes, but legible to the modern 
eye as closely printed in early 19th century typeface in Ellis' edition. 
  So the quick calculation for most people is--let me see, as I count my 
fingers and all my toes--800,000 times zero.

Cheers,
Al Magary

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From: 		Louis W. Thompson <
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Date: 		Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 16:48:05 EDT
Subject: 18.0415 How long to write a play?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0415 How long to write a play?

Working full time on the project?

I suspect WS began work on the next play while staging the previous. 
When he got on deadline, he worked with laser intensity.

It is the old front burner - back burner analogy ....if they had burners 
back then.

Does anyone write a literary work without jotting down ideas first?

Louis W. Thompson

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From: 		Bob Grumman <
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Date: 		Friday, 29 Jun 2007 10:26:23 -0500
Subject: 18.0415 How long to write a play?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0415 How long to write a play?

 >The question of how many sources Shakespeare actually used has
 >become of interest to me of late. I have an estimate that he only
 >needed 19 books and 10 plays. And of further interest, 7 of the
 >books he got from his schooldays buddy, Richard Field. I'd
 >appreciate the list's comments on this.
 >
 >Colin Cox

One brief question: in how many of the plays he used as sources might he 
have acted?

--Bob G.

 >But I just put my copy of Hall (Scolar, 1970) on the
 >scale and it weighs over 10 pounds. It's in black-letter
 >type. Be honest. The last time you read Hall, how long
 >did it take?
 >
 >Bill

But Shakespeare didn't have to read the whole thing to write a given 
history.  I would imagine he'd just read, or reread, what Hall had to 
say about a few of the events he was writing about in a given history. 
He may once have read the whole thing in leisure hours, or never more 
than dipped into it here and there.

--Bob G.

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