The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0365 Friday, 10 September 2010
Date: September 1, 2010 6:10:56 PM EDT
Subject: Marvin Rosenberg's Research Materials
In the years since my husband (Marvin Rosenberg) died, I have been sorting out the
papers and research material he had collected during the preparation of his Masks
books on _Othello_, _King Lear_, _Hamlet_, and _Macbeth_. There is no specifically
"new" material, but there is a wealth of information about the plays, roughly
grouped in various categories of actors, productions, setting, characters, and so
Marvin's method of working was to assemble every possible literary essay, theatrical
review, article, Preface, prompt book, actors' comments, etc., that he could lay
hands on in relation to whatever play he was studying, and to make several copies of
each. These were then cut and pasted into files relating to characters in the play,
individual actors and individual productions, line and scene references, gestures
and movement, stage setting, etc.
Some comments apply to more than one category.
I'm sure this material could be useful, in whole or in part, to other scholars who
are working on specific aspect of any of the major Shakespearean tragedies, or the
study of any particular actor or director.
I have offered this material to various Shakespeare libraries and depositories
throughout the country, but they are all short of storage space and/or available
experts who could sort the material into appropriate order for their collections.
Further, most of them are not interested in information that is available elsewhere
-- though there are obvious advantages in having it organized in this manner.
Marvin himself destroyed a substantial part of his Hamlet material when he first
retired, but I am unhappy at the thought of so much labor going to waste: so I am
sending out this general notice to all readers of SHAKSPER.
If anyone is interested in owning part or all of this material, please contact me
and let me see what can be worked out between us.
There is also all the material he -- and later I -- used for the completion of his
last book, _The Masks of Anthony and Cleopatra_.
Please respond offline.
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