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"Compendious or Brief Relation ..."
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0243  Monday, 28 April 2008

From:		Larry Weiss <
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Date:		Sunday, 27 Apr 2008 00:53:03 -0400
Subject:	"Compendious or Brief Relation ..."

Many years ago I was researching the Shakespeare Apocrypha at the New 
York Public Library and came across a catalog entry for a prose pamphlet 
attributed to WS bearing a very long title beginning with "Compendious 
or Brief ...." I made a mental note to return to this item and, in the 
meantime, turned my attention to other matters. But, of course, I never 
got around to that mysterious pamphlet until recently when I returned to 
the NYPL to look for it and found that it is no longer in the catalog. I 
thought that perhaps my mind was tricking me into recalling something 
that wasn't there.

More recently, I found a reference in Sam Schoenbaum's "Shakespeare's 
Lives" to a pamphlet entitled "Compendious or Brief Relation" which was 
falsely (or, in any case, erroneously) attributed to Shakespeare. At 
least I was comforted to know that I had not gone mad or become 
demented. But it is still not in the NYPL system-wide catalog. Was the 
item lost, stolen, thrown away? It doesn't matter which, as it is not 
there. This led me to look it up in the Folger's online catalog, HAMNET; 
but it isn't there either. If the Folger doesn't have it, who does? 
Schoenbaum must have seen at least a reference to it somewhere.

If anyone can offer some help as to where I can find this pamphlet, or a 
facsimile, reprint or even a description of it, I would be grateful.

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