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September 11th, 2004
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From:stevekelner
Date:November 20th, 2004 07:10 am (UTC)

Re: Escapism and Community

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Well, I like to think of myself as an American who plays well with others...

Your point is well taken, but Shakespeare's posthumous career went up and down a good deal, and ultimately I think the fact that he survived the ages is indicative. Of course, he also got lucky in having people promoting him. Bach might have been just one more obscure musician had he not been "discovered" by a collector--his children might have been more famous than him! It's also interesting reading contemporaries of Shakespeare, like John Ford's Tis Pity She's a Whore, which blew my mind back in college, as well as Marlowe--to my mind, you can tell why Will passes the cut!

And on the SF front--I've read stories by Aldous and T. H. Huxley (who wrote an SF short story), but Tolstoy's nephew?
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From:tipgardner
Date:November 20th, 2004 07:34 am (UTC)

Re: Escapism and Community

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Yes, patronism, a separate subject well worthy of study (both the motivations therein and the phenomenon). Plus, there are any number of people with money that should be providing greater support to artists and art institutions, but as I say, another topic.

Hm...I wouldn't say that Marlowe or Ford have stood the test of time any less that Shakespeare, they just aren't read as much in high school and such and so are known to fewer Americans. But again, I take your point.

Mmmm...yes, I can't remember his name, but I believe he wrote one of the earliest, "modern" SF novels. I apologise, I don't have a great depth of knowledge of various genres' histories or writers. I tend to read genre fic when I get cast offs or see a catchy cover in an airport.
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