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Re: Caesar's Revenge
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1967  Thursday, 9 August 2001

From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 07 Aug 2001 15:51:59 -0700
Subject: 12.1951 Re: Caesar's Revenge
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1951 Re: Caesar's Revenge

>Is it possible someone of the time was parodying Shakespeare's style?

Greene did, and some say Shakespeare parodied Lyly in *2HIV* and Q
*MWW,* so I imagine anyone would have to say it is possible.  But then
there is the matter of differentiating parody from influence.  For
example, Shakespeare strongly influenced Webster.  Someone could come up
with a list of similar lines by Shakespeare and Webster, as Richard
Kennedy recently did with *Caesar's Revenge,* before he decided he'd
rather embarrass Donald Foster.  Anyway, one could use those
Shakespeare/Webster lists to claim that Shakespeare wrote Webster, or
visa versa.  Instead, reasonable people assume that Shakespeare
influenced Webster.

Such lists are just one tool.  There are many others that need to be
used.  When the several tools point in the same direction, and nothing
turns up that goes too strongly the other way, it is reasonable to talk
attribution.

All the best,
Mike Jensen

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