The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1018. Thursday, 9 October 1997.
From: John McWilliams <
Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 1997 16:03:28 +0100
Subject: 8.1012 Obituaries: A. L. ROWSE
Comment: Re: SHK 8.1012 Obituaries: A. L. ROWSE
It is said that opinion is 'divided' on the value of A. L. Rowse's work.
But is there really anyone who takes this guy seriously? Yes he sold
some books, but why was he on the shelves to be sold in the first place?
It is a constant source of annoyance to me when browsing in the
Shakespeare section that this historian made pointless by his
breathtaking self-regard features so prominently when there are scholars
of genuine interest (and accessibility) who are ignored by retailers.
Would anyone like to defend his work? I admit I haven't read anything
beyond the few pages on Shakespeare I've looked at in the bookshop - I
don't think I could bring myself to...