The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1423 Monday 16 August 1999.
From: Louis Marder <
Date: Thursday, 12 Aug 1999 12:30:50 -0500
Subject: 10.1062 Some Questions
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1062 Some Questions
How do you spell fish? " Ghoti"; gh as in enough; o as in women; ti as
in nation. I met Geoffrey but never thought to ask him how he spoke his
name. It might be any of the suggestions you have received. Scholars
seldom go to the main source. They write articles and books of
conjecture on living authors and never think to ask the author himself.
I recall a story of Tennessee Williams being in a university town
stopped in to hear a lecture in which he was the subject. The professor
expounded to his heart's content. At the end TW held up his hand, and
told the professor and his students that he never meant all those things
that were said. Maybe that's the fun of teaching. That was the "new
criticism" of the old days: if I find it there, it's there. Who cares
what the author meant, this is what I think. The text is nothing but
what I say it is.
Back to Bullough- I would find out where Bullough lived in a Who's Who,
write to the family, and ask them - and that would end it all. [I
thought to call a Bullough in the Chicago area, to call and ask them,
but there were none in the phone book.]