The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2015 Thursday, 2 November 2000.
Date: Wednesday, 01 Nov 2000 16:10:28 -0800
Subject: 11.1871 Re: Detective Shakespeare
Comment: Re: SHK 11.1871 Re: Detective Shakespeare
Sorry to be so late replying, but I goofed! As several of you have
noted, Ngaio Marsh's <Light Thickens> is the detective novel which turns
on a production of <Macbeth>. <Killer Dolphin> is an earlier novel in
which the Dolphin Theatre and the character of its Shakespeare-loving
director are introduced. The director writes a biographical play about
Shakespeare, Hamnet and a glove. It's a fun read if you are intrigued by
biographical fictions about Shakespeare as I am; since these fictions
inevitably focus on his sex life, I've even invented my own critical
term for it: "biographallacy."
> Date: Tuesday, 03 Oct 2000 14:33:09 +0000
> Subject: Re: SHK 11.1860 Re: Detective Shakespeare
> Susan Collier wrote, "Killer Dolphin by Ngaio Marsh springs to my mind
> for the detective Shakespeare, although one needn't know any theory;
> just Macbeth's stage history and superstition."
> Is "Killer Dolphin" another title for "Light Thickens"? I have read
> Ngaio Marsh's "Light Thickens," which is a murder mystery in which an
> actor gets murdered during a production of "Macbeth." But I don't know
> anything about "Killer Dolphin."