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EBarnacle BS: shakespeare (154* d) RE: BS: shakespeare 31 Jan 19

Sandman, consider that all of the quotes you provide are snippets out of context. Harold Bloom is a delightful correspondent, as is James Shapiro. They both have encouraged me to adapt material from Richard II, Henry IV, parts 1 and 2 and Henry V into a play about the relationship between Falstaff and Hal. Part of the reason I did this was that I was dissatisfied by Chimes at Midnight. The Welles productions are as much about Welles ass they are about the plays. The play is in the process of being sold to public television.

At Bloom's encouragement, when we were discussing Lear, I have begun a play about Lyndon Johnson, who I view as probably the most tragic leader of our era.

Shakespeare is a starting point. He is the transition between Middle and Modern English and standard for what came after. He created the forms that we follow now. whatever his motives and stylistic moves to stay in business - and for him the theater was a business - he did it successfully, pleasing his patrons, both high and low. When he retired, he did so almost completely, though there are indications he participated in several plays that did not appear under his name. I suggest you read "Becoming Shakespeare." It is a social study of his era and discusses many of the issues you raise.

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