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Re: Shaxicon
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0112  Sunday, 8 February 1998.

[1]     From:   A. Kent Hieatt <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 4 Feb 1998 16:10:33 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Shaxicon

[2]     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 04 Feb 1998 20:24:19 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0099 SHAXICON

[3]     From:   Don Foster <
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        Date:   Thursday, 05 Feb 1998 12:29:43 -0500
        Subj:   Shaxicon


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From:           A. Kent Hieatt <
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Date:           Wednesday, 4 Feb 1998 16:10:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Shaxicon

In my Monday, Feb. 2 message on Shaxicon, the addresses of two sites got
garbled.  Something that Don Foster said in 1995 is at
http://www.bcpl.lib.mid.us/~tross/ws/will.html.  Shaxicon's web-site is
at http://faculty.vassar.edu/~foster/shax.

My word-processor, Nota Bene, is famous for using ASCII symbols for
everything on the keyboard, but the fame stops at the tilde, which comes
out in ASCII as 'y' with a dieresis, plus '7E.'  I'm eager for action by
all owners of advance copies of Shaxicon, so that this mistake, due to
sending in an attached file rather than something typed in my e-mail
program (Eudora), calls for, and gets, my strong apology.

Kent Hieatt

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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Wednesday, 04 Feb 1998 20:24:19 -0500
Subject: 9.0099 SHAXICON
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0099 SHAXICON

I talked with Don Foster on the telephone this afternoon about another
matter, and he told me that he has been very busy with non-Shakespearean
investigations.  However, he is planning to take a leave of absence from
teaching next year in order to complete SHAXICON.  Don is, after all,
under no obligation to stick to anyone else's time schedule, and he has
been very good about answering my questions and sending me usable data.

In fact, at SAA meetings, I've seen Don spending a good deal of time
with his laptop open, explaining how SHAXICON works and dealing with
challenges from other scholars.  In my own experience, redoing some of
Don's calculations without SHAXICON, I have some up with the same
percentages.

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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From:           Don Foster <
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Date:           Thursday, 05 Feb 1998 12:29:43 -0500
Subject:        Shaxicon

SHAKSPERians:

During the years that I followed SHAKSPER discussion, I found the
conversation to be consistently lively, usually interesting, beneficial,
and courteous.  For the past year I've been too busy with other matters
to participate, and I am sorry to be missing out on the discussion.  I
hear that I've been getting warmly roasted by a few contributors!

I'll have more to say about "A Funeral Elegy" down the road a piece,
after skepticism has been fully and duly registered.  I'm jumping in
here only because of Kent Hieatt's recent post concerning Shaxicon,
which was forwarded to me by several different SHAKSPER contributors.

Kent Hieatt's concern with the delay in getting Shaxicon to press is one
that I share-in fact, I am so keen to put a wrap on this monumental
undertaking that I have requested, and received, an unpaid leave for the
1998-9 academic year in order to complete it.  But Hieatt's letter also
puts into circulation a number of unfortunate misrepresentations that I
wish to correct.   I'm booked for today and tomorrow.  Over the weekend,
I will write a response that I trust will be interesting and
informative.

Best wishes to all,
Don Foster
 

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