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Re: Authorship
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0342.  Wednesday, 20 April 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Ralph Cohen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Apr 1994 18:01:05 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0340
 
(2)     From:   Scott Crozier <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Apr 1994 09:17:53 +1000
        Subj:   Authorship
 
(3)     From:   Martin Zacks <lalalib%CLASS.ORG@Sdsc.BITnet>
        Date:   Tuesday, 19 Apr 1994 23:26:55 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Authorship ad nauseam
 
 
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From:           Ralph Cohen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 19 Apr 1994 18:01:05 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0340
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0340
 
As to the question of Shakespeare's education, Tom Jones's reply to Ensign
Northerton seems apropos: "Sir, it is as possible for a Man to know something
without having been at School; as it is to have been at School and know
nothing." (Book VII, chapter xii).  The Oxfordians themselves seem proof of
Jones's observation.
 
Ralph Cohen
James Madison University

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From:           Scott Crozier <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Apr 1994 09:17:53 +1000
Subject:        Authorship
 
All I can add to Dave Kathman's thoughtful response to the Oxford debate is
that the problem of Shakespeare's learning is explained very plausibly in *The
Origins of Shakespeare* by Emrys Jones. A scant perusal of the opening chapter
will show that it offers more than enough logical explanation of Shakespeare's
*learning*.
 
Scott Crozier
 
 
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From:           Martin Zacks <lalalib%CLASS.ORG@Sdsc.BITnet>
Date:           Tuesday, 19 Apr 1994 23:26:55 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Authorship ad nauseam
 
Against my better judgment, a thought on the question of authorship. The First
Folio along with most of the quartos that I have seen all have Shakespeare's
name as author. That is enough for me to assume that he wrote the plays.  To
overcome the presumption of that authorship, the evidence really has to be
stronger than an assumption he lacked the necessary education.
 
I promise I won't comment on this again. Life is too short and the plays too
wonderful to be distracted by this topic.
 
Martin Zacks

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