Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 423. Monday, 12 July 1993.
Date: Monday, 12 Jul 93 09:42:23 -0400
Subject: More Info on Reported *Cardenio* MS?
Anyone know more details about the reported discovery of *Cardenio*? In
particular, can anyone tell me more about Charles Hamilton, the person
who says he found the manuscript in the British Museum Library? Is this
old news that I've missed? (I ask because of the reference in the
article to the fact that literary scholars have studied the text.) If
no one know more, I'll wait until the new issue of *Newsweek* comes out.
BTW, in case this is news to everyone else, here's the Reuter story as it
appeared in *The Palm Beach Post* on page 3 of the July 12 edition:
NEW YORK -- A New York document expert said he found William
Shakespeare's lost play, *Cardenio*, in the British Museum Library,
*Newsweek* magazine reported.
In the magazine's July 19 edition, Charles Hamilton said the play
Shakespeare co-wrote in 1612, which was never produced and presumed
lost, was identified using handwriting analysis.
Hamilton compared the penmanship in Shakespeare's will with that in
the manuscript of an untitled, unsigned 1612 play in the British Museum
The magazine said that literary scholars have insisted that the drama
is not up to Shakespeare's standards but Hamilton said the lettering was
the same as his other works. "I wouldn't have any trouble proving in
court that this is Shakespeare's handwriting," he was quoted as saying.
Hmm. No mention Fletcher as co-author, and the phrase "never produced"
seems to be contrary to the records of the play's court performances.
What's journalism coming to? <grin>
Thanks for any info.
P.S. As some of you may know, I'm excited about this because of the
work I've done on using statistical analysis of word rates in assigning
authorship of individual scenes of *Henry VIII* and *The Two Noble
Kinsmen* to either Shakespeare and Fletcher. It would be interesting to
see how the traits I found in that work are distributed in this