The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1790 Monday, 15 September 2003
Date: Saturday, 13 Sep 2003 10:05:32 -0500
I know we've gone beyond Hardy's patience but those of you who want to
trade volleys about the French heat wave might want to look at Erik
Klinenberg's "Heat Wave," which is about Chicago in 1995. (If you look
it up on amazon.com, bear in mind that the New England Journal of
Medicine had the chairman of Chicago's public health commission review
it, so the criticisms reflect an interest opposed to the books
Which leads to the question: Did England have any serious heat waves
during Shakespeare's lifetime? I think I know that crops failed badly
several times during the eighties. Was it drought? Too much rain? What?
Are there references in the plays?
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