The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1687 Tuesday, 3 July 2001
Date: Monday, 2 Jul 2001 15:30:32 -0400
Subject: Spencer vs. Jonson
Perhaps it could be something as simple as differences in
style/education/attitude, coupled with a knowledge that exchanges of
invective would be great for box office. At least, that's how I read
Shakespeare's own satire of his neighbors across the street in
_Hamlet_. I should think we're beyond the more literal interpretation
of such in-print rivalries, and can appreciate the possibility that
everyone knew each other, and prodded each other accordingly.
To this end, a useful comparison might be the 'battle' between Gozzi and
Goldoni in Venice; albeit of a later period, both knew full well that
mutual hatred of each others' styles was great publicity and kept them
both in a job.
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