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Not Sex, but Sexy

Gabriele Annan: Alma Mahler-Werfel, 10 December 1998

Alma Mahler-Werfel: The Diaries 1898-1902 
translated by Antony Beaumont.
Faber, 512 pp., £25, November 1998, 0 571 19340 4
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... sketches of her elaborate and stately toilettes for the multitudinous social events she graced. Antony Beaumont, the diaries’ translator and co-editor, says that to him ‘reading The Diaries is like raising a curtain behind which stands the Vienna of 1900 in all its majesty, and so close that one can almost reach out and touch it. The vitality of ...

Velvet Gentleman

Nick Richardson: Erik Satie, 4 June 2015

A Mammal’s Notebook: The Writings of Erik Satie 
edited by Ornella Volta, translated by Antony Melville.
Atlas, 224 pp., £17.50, June 2014, 978 1 900565 66 0
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... An orchestral version of it premiered at a Festival Erik Satie sponsored by Count Etienne de Beaumont and attended by Paris’s wealthiest. La Belle Excentrique, a work of pastiche cycling through three decades of Parisian dance culture, from march through waltz to cancan, ended up at Poiret’s private garden club, l’Oasis, with Satie conducting. Then ...

Cardenio’s Ghost

Charles Nicholl: The Bits Shakespeare Wrote, 2 December 2010

The Arden Shakespeare: Double Falsehood 
edited by Brean Hammond.
Arden Shakespeare, 443 pp., £16.99, March 2010, 978 1 903436 77 6
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... all my gay comparisons aside’ (clearly parallel to ‘lay his gay comparisons apart’ in Antony and Cleopatra) had been ‘inserted by Theobald to give a colour to the imposition that he meant to put upon the publick’; another parallel was deemed ‘an interpolation of Theobald’s to countenance his fraud’. But Malone found reason to change his ...


Alan Bennett: What I did in 2000, 25 January 2001

... theatre at all.’ 19 January. Alan Bates opens tonight at the Barbican in the RSC production of Antony and Cleopatra. The version put on at Stratford opened with Antony making love to Cleopatra, his head up her skirts. Cunnilingus served cold, as it were, was quite hard for a Stratford audience to take and in the Barbican ...

Whatever you do, buy

Michael Dobson: Shakespeare’s First Folio, 15 November 2001

The Shakespeare First Folio: The History of the Book Vol. I: An Account of the First Folio Based on Its Sales and Prices, 1623-2000 
by Anthony James West.
Oxford, 215 pp., £70, April 2001, 0 19 818769 6
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... that hadn’t previously appeared in quarto, including Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra. However, in part as a result of the Jaggards’ economies, it has not been the best place to read Shakespeare’s plays since 1632, when the second edition, the Second Folio, appeared. The second edition corrects many more errors than it ...

Making and Breaking in Shakespeare’s Romances

Barbara Everett: The Late Plays, 22 March 2007

... tragedies accomplished. Immediately behind were King Lear and Macbeth. Three classical tragedies, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus and Timon of Athens, were probably in composition or in rehearsal. Against this context of tragedies Shakespeare may already have had the idea for a new play, a comedy, to be given the dottily pseudo-tragic title, Pericles, Prince ...

Courage, mon amie

Terry Castle: Disquiet on the Western Front, 4 April 2002

... in me; now from head to foot I am marble-constant, now the fleeting moon No planet is of mine. Antony and Cleopatra, V.ii.237-40 A clue to the nature of my feelings came only this past autumn, haltingly, in the wake of the attacks on the East Coast. Even in balmy California there was no escaping what had happened. Televisions – especially the silly ...

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