I am sending out, under (virtual) separate cover, the brief biographies
or personal sketches that new members have sent in over the last few
months, arranged in alphabetical order. I think they are very
interesting for several reasons. Not only is it always fun to read about
other people (well, I think it is), but I am intrigued by the various
ways people hear of REED-L. We must be one of the quietest lists on the
whole Internet, and yet word still gets around! Also, two new
contributors raise questions related to travelling companies and
patronage, an area in which I am becoming increasingly interested and one
in which I think a great deal more work needs to be done, especially from
the historical point of view. I'm hoping to finally put together my
research and thinking on 'ministrallus' and related forms later this year
(something I've been threatening for a long time) and I hope that will
shed some light on at least part of the topic.
And now for the administrivia.....
1. Another plea to please tell me if your address is going to change or
your present account is going to close, for whatever reason. Or at
least unsubscribe from the old and re-subscribe at the new! I keep
getting odd bouncing messages from time to time because addresses have
ceased to exist.
2. I will soon be starting my holidays, because REED Shropshire will soon
be going to press. That means that I will be picking up the e-mail a bit
less often from this account. If there are any major problems, send
e-mail to my personal account ([log in to unmask]). The delivery date
is 15 July! To be available shortly at better booksellers everywhere!
PS I have decided that neither Shakespeare nor Marlowe was a space alien
but I am starting to wonder about Kidd and Webster..... Has anyone else
here read Pamela Dean's _Tam Lin_?