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News Bytes 10/27/2016 592 Comments

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Oxford University Press' new edition of William Shakespeare's works will credit Christopher Marlowe as co-author of the three Henry VI plays. It’s further evidence that the playwright collaborated with others on some of his most famous works.

Marlowe was born in 1564, the same year as Shakespeare. He was a playwright, poet, and spy for Queen Elizabeth I. Now he’ll share billing in the latest version of the New Oxford Shakespeare being published this week.

Scholars have long suspected that Shakespeare's plays included the work of others. But new methods helped researchers conclude that sections bore Marlowe’s trademarks.

"Shakespeare, like other geniuses, recognized the value of other people," Gary Taylor, a professor at Florida State University and principal investigator of the new work, says. "What is Shakespeare famous for? Writing dialogue—interactions between two people. You would expect in his life there would be dialogue with other people."

In Shakespeare's time, there was great demand for new material for the first mass-entertainment industry. A relatively small group of authors worked feverishly to meet this demand.

A team of 23 scholars looked afresh at Shakespeare’s plays. They used computers to reveal language patterns, trends, and associations—analyzing not only Shakespeare's words, but also those of his fellow authors.

Oxford University Press editors concluded that 17 of 44 works associated with Shakespeare had input from others.

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Answering all the questions up to date

Wow I haven’t been on here in a while
@ Scarlett re.writingCareer: I am interested on writing as sort of a side gig, however on top of loving writing I am very math minded so I am pursuing Engineering right now. I have a couple of books that I would love to see published at some point in time.
@ Belwyn I’ve been writing a couple sentences every few days, the problem is I am working on like 5 different ones at the same time. I finished a chapter in my fairy tale mashup story though.
@ Scarlett re.musicians: I have been taking piano for 10 or so years, and love playing piano, I also teach piano which is super fun!! I am also currently in a choir. I once tried songwriting but I am terrible at poetry, and can never remember melodies that I make up. And while we are talking about vocal ranges, I’m about a Soprano 2, my range goes a little higher and a little lower I can sing about 2 octaves from g below middle c to a high g , I could probably hit a lot more notes if I had training, but piano is my favorite instrument.

@all

@Scarlett: Not quite :D It's a mix of the names Kait and Lana. (My dad wanted Kate and my mom wanted Lana so they combined.)
I'm homeschooled, so no choir for me... :( But I might be joining the worship team at my church soon! I'd like to take voice lessons but they're pretty expensive right now.
@Abigail: Wow, engineering sounds awesome! I have several family friends who are in that field.

@Kaitlana @Abigail

@Kaitlana, cool story behind your name. I'll remember it now :). That's exciting about the worship team! Hope you like it. I sing for the band at a homeschool program.

@Abigail, ten years of piano?? You must be really good. And the fact that you teach it shows that. Do you mean by "soprano 2" that you are also a soprano or that you are a second soprano? (Because there are two types of soprano, 1st an 2nd.)

Musician question

I played the flute and piano for a couple years. I also learned the recorder at a co-op once. I also took voice lessons which were my favorite music lessons. ;)

Ooh choir is fun. I also did

Ooh choir is fun. I also did that at a co-op once. There were only sopranos or altos no medium sopranos or anything like that otherwise, I would be a medium soprano. ;)

Oops I meant 2nd soprano. Lol

Oops I meant 2nd soprano. Lol. Also, it's cool you were taking piano for over 10 years. If I were still playing I'd be on year 9 but alas I went off and on (mostly off, lol) so I probably only played 3 years total.

Anyway, moving on from music

Anyway, moving on from music questions. Lol. Who's excited about Thanksgiving?! I know I am. This is definitely one of the most fun times of the year for me (that and Summer). I know it's a bit early but my sister and I are already singing Christmas songs. Lol.

@ All/ Sara D./ This is Bella

I would really like to learn the flute sometime! It sounds like a fun instrument to play! (Is it?!)
Also, @ Singing: I don't know what I am... but let's just say that some tenors can sing higher than me! :D I'd really like to learn to sing WELL sometime!

@ Sara D./ From Bella

#SoexcitedforChristmas!!!!!!!!!!

@Bella

Ikr! It's really hard to figure out yourself but I got some help from my voice teacher about where I would probably be. ;) It is once you figure out where exactly to blow. That probably took me at least a month but you can really excel after the initial breath control problems. ;)

I got further with the flute

I got further with the flute then the piano but I liked it better back then. ;) I'd rather play the piano now.

@Sara D

I never had "breath control problems" but I agree that a lot of singing is pushing past the hard parts. And yeah, I'm excited for Christmas!

My Vocal Range

Someone asked about range. I did an official check. I can hit a high A down to a low E.

@above

Yes!! I am so excited for Christmas! Winter is my favorite season :D
Also since we're on the topic, I just got a ukulele and am learning to play it. Does anyone here play the ukulele?

@Katilana O

I have one, but I can't play it :(.

@Kaitlana

I've always wanted to play the ukulele. Is it fun and easy to play?

@Scarlett and @Sara

@Scarlett: I think you said that you were learning guitar earlier- if so, once you get a solid foundation with the guitar, you should try learning how to play your ukulele. They are very similar instruments!
@Sara: Definitely fun :D As for easy, I'd say as far as instruments go, yes. The guitar and ukulele are similar in that once you learn the basics, you can play almost anything easily without having to be very advanced :)

@Kaitlana O

Thanks for the advice!! That is definitely helpful. My ukulele is from when I was eight years old tho, lol. It's a rainbow ombré color. But it's not one of those kiddie ones, so maybe I'll learn to play after all.

On the subject of books...

On the subject of books, has anyone read Sweep by Jonathan Auxier? I think it is the best book ever. It's my new favorite.

@Scarlett

Awesome! Let me know if you do!
No, I haven't heard of that book. What's it about?

@Kaitlana O

It's really a beautiful story. Sweep is about how in the 1800s these children were hired by people to clean chimneys. (This was before they had brooms.) The child would basically wiggle UP THE CHIMNEY and sweep the soot out from the sides of the flu to clean it. But it was a really dangerous job because many children died in chimney fires or from falling off the roof. Besides, they often got diseases from breathing in so much soot.

I found the description for the story:

It's Victorian London in the late 1800s. And it's been five years since the Sweep disappeared. Orphaned and alone, Nan Sparrow has no other choice, but to work for a ruthless chimney sweep named Wilkie Crudd. She spends her days doing dangerous work, sweeping out chimneys. The job is thankless, but with her wits and will, Nan has managed to beat the deadly odds time and time again. This time though, she gets stuck in a chimney fire. She wakes to find herself unharmed in an abandoned attic, and she is not alone. Huddled in the corner is a mysterious creature, a Gollum made from soot and Ash. This Gollum will come to know as Charlie.

I won't spoil too much, but let me know if you check it out.

@Scarlett

Ok, sounds interesting. I'll add it to my reading list. (which is way too long right now lol)

@Kaitlana O

Understood!! Me too. I have a lot to knock out.

@everyone

Did anyone do anything for Halloween or Fall Festival?

@Kaitlana /this is wyn

We went to a home school fall party (and we all got to learn square dancing which was really fun)!

@Belwyn

Fun!! That's awesome. I want to learn square dancing!

This is wyn

How's everyone's writing projects going?

@Belwyn

I've been waking up early to work on writing. It's going ok, slower than I'd like. How about you?

This is wyn @Scarlett

I've been trying to write a little each day but I've been so busy lately. I'm hoping that I can get some done over Thanksgiving break :) .

@Belwyn

Yeah :). Good luck with your writing!!

What are you all doing for Thanksgiving?

@above

I've kind of hit a block with writing since school started :( Just not much time anymore.
We're taking a vacation involving skiing!
Does anyone here ski?

@KAITLANA O

No, I don't know how to ski. It looks very daring!!

This is wyn

@Scarlett-We are going to Arkansas to see our dad's great-grandpa.
@Kaitlana-I've skied before but I didn't like it very much. It was really fun to try it though!

@BELWYN R

Have fun!! Is it snowing in Arkansas now? It's 7:45 PM right now in California and 46 Degrees.

This is Wyn @Scarlett

It only rained in Arkansas but, were we live it snowed yesterday!

This is Mylee

Hi everyone were back !!

This is Mylee

where is everybody??

@Twins S /this is wyn

I was thinking the same thing.:)

This is Mylee

@wyn everyone use to be on everyday and now there are several with 0 comments....:( I couldn't get logged in for some reason but we figured it out XD so I hadn't been on since like August

Hey, y'all! I just realized I

Hey, y'all! I just realized I haven't commented since late October! *Screams* Did any of you do CWW (Crazy Writing Week) last week?

@Sara

Yeah!! I actually did, I only wrote a couple hundred words though

@All

We didn't even know that was a thing! XD

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