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Re: Nay, very pale
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0783  Thursday, 5 April 2001

From:           Paul E. Doniger <
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Date:           Wednesday, 4 Apr 2001 19:45:44 -0400
Subject: Re: Nay, very pale.
Comment:        SHK 12.0762 Re: Nay, very pale.

Clifford Stetner writes:

> I would like to argue that what is on stage in Hamlet's dialogues with
> Horatio is the ghost of Thomas Kyd ... ( ... who many
> scholars find reason to believe authored an earlier Hamlet/ghost play).
...  > Beginning with this hypothesis, I'm led to infer a close
relationship
> between Shakespeare and Kyd, perhaps apprentice/master, perhaps fellow
> scholars at the school of theater.

I wonder if there has been any recent scholarship about this issue. If
scholars like Harold Bloom and Peter Alexander could both doubt the Kyd
authorship of the _Ur-Hamlet_ (or whatever it was), might we not look
more closely at the assumption (based in part on a somewhat cryptic note
by Nashe)? Is it likely, also, that Shakespeare would have been
connected at all closely with Kyd? Weren't they involved in rival
companies?

I'd love to explore this question more deeply.

Paul E. Doniger

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