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Obit: Louis Marder
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0606  Tuesday, 15 December 2009

[Editor's Note: I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the Louis Marder 
stories that have been sent to the list and to me privately. Please keep 
them coming. He was a real piece of work, and his story deserves to be 
shared.  -- HMC]

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     Date:   Monday, 14 Dec 2009 10:41:09 -0800 (PST)
     Subj:   SHK 20.0596 Obit: Louis Marder

[2] From:   Richard Knowles <
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     Date:   Monday, 14 Dec 2009 13:02:54 -0600
     Subj:   SHK 20.0596 Obit: Louis Marder

[3] From:   William Sutton <
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     Date:   Tuesday, 15 Dec 2009 12:13:57 +0000 (GMT)
     Subj:   Re: SHK 20.0596 Obit: Louis Marder

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     Date:   Tuesday, 15 Dec 2009 13:17:00 -0500
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From:       Sue Marrone <
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Date:       Monday, 14 Dec 2009 10:41:09 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Obit: Louis Marder
Comment:    SHK 20.0596 Obit: Louis Marder

I sat on the SSA board and had the pleasure of speaking to Dr. Marder at 
several performances. I remember on night after a performance of LEAR, 
we went out for a (literally) midnight snack. There we were until well 
into the wee hours of the night at a coffee shop on the corner of Santa 
Monica and Crescent Heights Blvds., with him prodding on if Lear's 
costume was correct or not. He simply had to debate is Lear would have 
had a button or hook-n-eye clasp at the neck line and would it or would 
it not contribute to his choking.

I will remember him fondly as a guy who absolutely loved Shakespeare and 
would love delving into various minutia that would have no resolution.

Louis had a nickname, which didn't befit a Shakespeare scholar. Perhaps 
someone else will remember it.

I hope, for his soul to rest in peace, that William Shakespeare really 
did write the plays. I also hope that WS will have place to hide as 
Louis chases him around asking even more questions.

Sue Marrone

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From:       Richard Knowles <
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Date:       Monday, 14 Dec 2009 13:02:54 -0600
Subject: Obit: Louis Marder
Comment:    SHK 20.0596 Obit: Louis Marder

Dear Hardy Cook,

I enjoyed your obit for Louis Marder, an old friend; Runyonesque indeed. 
Don't I recall that one other scholarly project of his was reissuing all 
the old Furness Variorums with updated bibliographies, back in the 
sixties? I think the Folger has a set; they never sold as well as the 
Dover reprints of the originals, but the bibliographies were useful, 
despite many inaccuracies. He later came to contrast his proposed data 
Bank with the Variorum at every opportunity, though he remained vague 
about how contributions to it would be made and how its quality would be 
controlled. I can only wonder what he would have thought of Bob Turner's 
recent and superb Winter's Tale, available in PDF and soon online in XML?

Yours,
Richard Knowles

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Date:       Tuesday, 15 Dec 2009 12:13:57 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 20.0596 Obit: Louis Marder
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0596 Obit: Louis Marder

I published my tenuously linked story about Louis on my blog 
http://blog.iloveshakespeare.com

and I also found a link to Louis' book online for those that can't find 
a copy to buy for their bookshelves.

http://www.archive.org/stream/hisexitsandhisen012888mbp/hisexitsandhisen012888mbp_djvu.txt

Yours,
Will

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From:       Terence Hawkes <
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Date:       Tuesday, 15 Dec 2009 13:17:00 -0500
Subject:    Louis Marder

I have many memories of Louis Marder. One concerns a collection he was 
designing of photographs of contemporary Shakespearean critics. When, as 
a lecturer, he alluded to one of these luminaries, he claimed that the 
relevant picture could -- and perhaps should -- be instantly displayed 
to the class. I remember him snapping the now almost blind J. Dover 
Wilson to this end, in the garden at the Shakespeare Institute in 
Stratford.

Terence Hawkes

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