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Help Wanted - A Tiro's Questions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0625  Sunday, 27 December 2009

From:       Brian Bixley <
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Date:       Tuesday, 22 Dec 2009 10:24:49 -0500
Subject:    Help Wanted - A Tiro's Questions

1. Were Shakespeare's plays performed during his lifetime by troupes 
other than those - the Chamberlain's Men, the King's Men - with which he 
was associated?

2. (a) Of the 36 plays in the First Folio, half had pre-existing 
Quartos, half were derived from manuscripts, foul papers, prompt books. 
Do some/most/all of those Quartos, ms., etc., i.e., some early written 
version of the plays, still exist? If so, where are they?

(b) When were Pericles and The Two Noble Kinsmen added to the canon, and 
on the basis of what - quartos, manuscripts?

3. (a) Is there any general theory, i.e., a theory that stretches across 
the plays, to explain the shifts from verse to prose, from prose to verse?

(b) Are there ways in which this theory can be applied to The Winter's 
Tale where all of Autolycus's speech (I think) and much of the 
Shepherds', is unversified?

4. When did a director, distinct from a member of the cast, become a 
regular contributor to theatrical performances?

If these questions are too trivial for the list, perhaps someone would 
be kind enough to reply to me directly

Brian Bixley

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