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Authorship
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0809. Saturday, 15 October 1994.
 
From:           Donald Foster <
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Date:           Tuesdayy, 11 Oct 1994 16:48:10 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 5.0801  Authorship
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0801  Authorship
 
The person you're looking for is Prof. Ward Elliott / Dept. of Government /
850 Columbia Ave. / Claremont McKenna College / Claremont, CA 91711-6420.
Elliott is a political scientist, not a literary scholar, but his "Shakespeare
Clinic" is not without value.  With funding from the Sloan Foundation, Elliott
for the past several years has been investigating whether it is not possible
to identify who "really" wrote Shakespeare.  (I believe that he started out in
the Oxfordian bin.)  Elliott and his student assistants designed a battery of
statistical tests, a few of which are (in my opinion) worthless but which, when
taken together, effectively prove (1) that the works generally ascribed to
Shakespeare are substantively the work of a single individual, and (2) that
none of the anti-Stratfordian candidates comes close to matching Shakespeare's
stylistic and linguistic peculiarities. Results are summarized in Elliott's
unpublished report, "Matching Shakespeare, 1994:  Computer Testing of
Elizabethan Texts for Common Authorship with Shakespeare."  This report is
unlikely to be published, but Elliott has been sending a copy to all
interested parties.
 

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