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Responses to Baconian Ciphers
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 72. Thursday, 28 Feb 1991.
 
(1)   Date:   Wed, 27 Feb 1991 23:33:04 -0500                (15 lines)
      From:   Nicholas Ranson <R1NR@AKRONVM>
      Subject:      Re: SHK 2.0071  Baconian Theories
 
(2)   Date:   Thu, 28 Feb 1991 04:58:54 -0500                (10 lines)
      From:   Nicholas Ranson <R1NR@AKRONVM>
      Subject:      Re: SHK 2.0071  Baconian Theories [2]
 
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Date:   Wed, 27 Feb 1991 23:33:04 -0500
From:   Nicholas Ranson <R1NR@AKRONVM>
Subject: 2.0071  Baconian Theories
Comment:      Re: SHK 2.0071  Baconian Theories
 
The question of ciphers, of Baconian or any other source, was firmly--
and wittily--put to rest by the Friedmans in *The Shakespearean Ciphers
Examined* some years ago.  The matter is simply of no interest to
Shakespeareans, I would hazard, in whatever form the old lure manifests
itself.  I am always a little suspicious (!) of those who show too
much interest in this subject..... No: just kidding.  But I think
the Friedmans put all attempts in this area--both past and present--
into the arena of farce.  If I recall correctly, they extracted, by the
same principles and practices as claimed by the Baconians, messages such
that Horatio Nelson wrote the plays of Shakespeare.  Ah well:  it's
late at night, so forgive my acerbic response.  Best of British.
 
Cheers. NR
 
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Date:   Thu, 28 Feb 1991 04:58:54 -0500
From:   Nicholas Ranson <R1NR@AKRONVM>
Subject: 2.0071  Baconian Theories [2]
Comment:      Re: SHK 2.0071  Baconian Theories [2]
 
My immediate response you received late last night when I didn't have
my resources with me.  The book should have been: *The Shakespeareran
Ciphers Examined*, by William F. and Elizabeth S. Friedman (Cambridge
U.P.).  The sub title was: "An Analysis of Cryptographic Systems Used
as Evidence that Some Author Other than William Shakespeare Wrote the
Plays Commonly Attributed to Him."
 
[This second message seems to have arrived somewhat damaged.  Any errors
in my reconstruction are mine, and not Professor Ranson's.  KS]
 

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