The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0685 Tuesday, 12 April 2005
Date: Monday, 11 Apr 2005 16:44:35 -0400
Subject: 16.0673 Representations of the Living
Comment: RE: SHK 16.0673 Representations of the Living
Stanley Wells is completely right; Keep the Widow Waking is from 1624,
not as I erroneously said, 1594. I got my information-but not my
error-from G.K. Hunter's English Drama, 1586-1642 (which is excellent).
Hunter documents his source as Sisson's Lost Plays (right again,
Stanley). The real-life materials seem to have been recent enough to
qualify the play as one in which real-life people may have been
portrayed on stage-or maybe not, it is after all lost.
I suspect that there well may be other errors or at least questionable
interpretations in my longish post. But, as I said, the topic is
interesting enough and complex enough that someone might well undertake
it at greater length and with more precision than I did.
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