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Re: Funeral Elegy
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2103  Tuesday, 4 September 2001

[1]     From:   Richard Nathan <
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        Date:   Monday, 03 Sep 2001 14:48:29 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2090 Re: Funeral Elegy

[2]     From:   Jonathan Hope <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 4 Sep 2001 11:23:07 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2090 Re: Funeral Elegy


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From:           Richard Nathan <
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Date:           Monday, 03 Sep 2001 14:48:29 +0000
Subject: 12.2090 Re: Funeral Elegy
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2090 Re: Funeral Elegy

Richard Kennedy, as usual, doesn't have the faintest clue as to what he
is talking about.  David Kathman certainly does not agree "that there
was nothing said of Shakespeare's death until he was dead for seven
years except for that ms. poem by Basse."  Richard Kennedy has
repeatedly shown himself to be a raving lunatic.  However, I am dismayed
that other people - intelligent people - buy into the lie that we know
Shakespeare's death was little remarked upon.  The simple truth is that
most documents from 1616.  We know that few documents have survived from
the era mourning Shakespeare's death - but that is certainly not
evidence that none ever existed.

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From:           Jonathan Hope <
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Date:           Tuesday, 4 Sep 2001 11:23:07 +0100
Subject: 12.2090 Re: Funeral Elegy
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2090 Re: Funeral Elegy

It might be worth reminding ourselves that whenever we say things like
'no one wrote anything about X' in the Elizabethan/Jacobean period, what
we *ought* to say is 'nothing survives about X'.

There are some pretty depressing estimates about the survival rate of
printed books around - and presumably that for manuscripts is worse - so
that fact that we don't have any texts about X doesn't mean there
weren't any.

Doesn't mean that there *were* either, of course, but it is as well to
be clear about the limits of our knowledge.

Jonathan Hope
Strathclyde University, Glasgow

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