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Re: Bardolatry
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0194.  Monday, 11 March 1996.

(1)     From:   Nora Kreimer <
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        Date:   Sunday, 10 Mar 1996 12:12:54 ARG
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0192  Q: Bardolatry

(2)     From:   Tom Clayton <
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        Date:   Monday, 11 Mar 96 09:27:09 CST
        Subj:   "Bardolatry"


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From:           Nora Kreimer <
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Date:           Sunday, 10 Mar 1996 12:12:54 ARG
Subject: 7.0192  Q: Bardolatry
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0192  Q: Bardolatry

THE COMPLETE COMPACT EDITION OF THE OED, 1991.

BARDOLATRY: Worship of the "Bard of Avon" (occas. used of other writers)
bardolater, a worshipper of the Bard, a Shakespearolater

bardolatrous, tending to or characterized  by bardolatry

1901 G B Shaw, PLAYS FOR PURIITANS So much for Bardolatry?

1903 MAN AND SUPERMAN Foolish Bardolaters make a virtue of this after their
fashion

1903 in Sat. Rev, 11 Feb  The word "pity" does not reach even the third row of
the stalls, much less the bardolatrous pit.

1911 Times Lit. Supp, 9 Nov  Playing for the sympathy of the "Bardolaters"

1914 G B Shaw DARK LADY PROF.  The familiar plea of Bardolatrous ignoramus that
Shakespeare's coarseness was part of of the manners of his age.

(continues)

It seems it was good old George. Any other source of info?
Nora Kreimer

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From:           Tom Clayton <
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Date:           Monday, 11 Mar 96 09:27:09 CST
Subject:        "Bardolatry"

"Bardolatry." In OED2 the first recorded use is George Bernard Shaw's in 1901
in the preface to *Plays for Puritans*: "So much for bardolatry!" So much
indeed.

Cheers,
Tom
 

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