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Re: Authorship
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0346.  Thursday, 21 April 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Norman J. Myers <
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        Date:   WedNESDAY, 20 Apr 94 13:27:34 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0340
 
(2)     From:   William Godshalk <GODSHAWL@UCBEH>
        Date:   Wednesday, 20 Apr 1994 23:11:37 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0342  Re: Authorship
 
 
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From:           Norman J. Myers <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Apr 94 13:27:34 -0400
Subject: 5.0340
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0340
 
Oh, I don't know.  The whole Earl of Oxford "controversy" seems very simply
resolved to me.  If we consider the scripts as they should be considered: as
VEHICLES FOR *THEATRICAL* PRESENTATION, then it becomes obvious that they had
to have been written by someone thoroughly familiar with production conditions
under which they had to be presented and thoroughly familiar with the talents
of the company who was going to present them.  In short, they *had* to have
been written by an ACTOR.  And, after all, Shakespeare was first and foremost
an actor who wrote plays for a commercial theatre, not a poet who acted on
occasion.
 
Is there any evidence that the Earl was a regular practicing professional stage
actor for up to 20 years?
 
Norman Myers
Bowling Green State University

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From:           William Godshalk <GODSHAWL@UCBEH>
Date:           Wednesday, 20 Apr 1994 23:11:37 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0342  Re: Authorship
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0342  Re: Authorship
 
I can't resist recording that William Shakespeare is REALLY the illegitimate
son of Queen Elizabeth and the Earl of Leicester. The Shakespeare family was
chosen as young William's foster family by the Queen's agents. He was given
every educational opportunity because of his unique position, and when he came
of age, he was brought to London where he selected acting and playwrighting as
his dual career. Of course, the Queen pushed his plays.
 
There's no reason to bring in Edward de Vere, when my elegant hypothesis
accounts for all the phenomena. So, I say to the Oxfordians "enough," and,
please, stop attempting to disrupt seminars at the SAA Meetings. (Only my last
sentence is meant seriously.)
 
Yours, Bill Godshalk
 

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