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Re: Who Was Shakespeare?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1977  Monday, 13 August 2001

[1]     From:   Vick Bennison <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Aug 2001 09:40:50 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1974 Re: Who Was Shakespeare?

[2]     From:   John Ramsay <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Aug 2001 17:09:44 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1963 Re: Who Was Shakespeare?


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From:           Vick Bennison <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Aug 2001 09:40:50 EDT
Subject: 12.1974 Re: Who Was Shakespeare?
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1974 Re: Who Was Shakespeare?

If "The Shakespeare Mystery" is what I'm remembering then it is an
unpleasant affair with Charlton Ogburn Jr. whimpering unconvincingly
about his poor misunderstood ancestor and A.L. Rowse claiming that
geniuses never come from the aristocracy* and then snarling "If you want
to know who wrote Shakespeare, read my books".

*I claim that if 1 percent of the population were aristocracy indeed we
would expect only 1 percent of the geniuses to come from it.  But since
we are only talking about one genius, Rowse's comment was as meaningless
as most of Ogburn's.  I had expected better from Rowse.

- Vick Bennison

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Date:           Friday, 10 Aug 2001 17:09:44 -0400
Subject: 12.1963 Re: Who Was Shakespeare?
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1963 Re: Who Was Shakespeare?

> Speaking of the topic "Who Was Shakespeare?", a colleague of mine in the
> drama department is seeking a film with either that or a similar title.
> She said she saw it once, and it was a documentary on figuring out the
> figure we call Shakespeare--I gathered from her description it partly
> examined the authorship question, while also delving into biography.
>
> If anyone can help me identify this for her--and where to find it--I'd
> be most appreciative.

There was a 16mm educational film of that sort around in the mid-60's. I
remember showing it to my high school classes but I'm afraid I can't
supply any more details.

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