The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0243 Monday, 28 April 2008
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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