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Re: Somebody Else Named Shakespeare Did
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0542  Monday, 25 February 2002

[1]     From:   Matt Henerson <
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        Date:   Friday, 22 Feb 2002 15:45:35 EST
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0532 Somebody Else Named Shakespeare Did

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Saturday, 23 Feb 2002 02:35:48 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0532 Somebody Else Named Shakespeare Did

[3]     From:   Ruth Ross <
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        Date:   Saturday, 23 Feb 2002 13:10:54 -0500
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From:           Matt Henerson <
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Date:           Friday, 22 Feb 2002 15:45:35 EST
Subject: 13.0532 Somebody Else Named Shakespeare Did
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0532 Somebody Else Named Shakespeare Did

I've heard the following quote attributed to Mark Twain:

"I believe the plays were either written by somebody called Shakespeare
or somebody calling himself Shakespeare."

Matt

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Saturday, 23 Feb 2002 02:35:48 -0500
Subject: 13.0532 Somebody Else Named Shakespeare Did
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0532 Somebody Else Named Shakespeare Did

I have heard it before, but also can't put my finger on the source.  It
might be Groucho Marx.  I think it goes:  "William Shakespeare did not
write the plays attributed to him; they were written by someone else
with the same name."

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From:           Ruth Ross <
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Date:           Saturday, 23 Feb 2002 13:10:54 -0500
Subject: 13.0532 Somebody Else Named Shakespeare Did
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.0532 Somebody Else Named Shakespeare Did

Jack,

I don't know who originally said it, but I remember Dr. Doris Falk, my
professor at Douglass College in the early sixties, said, "If
Shakespeare didn't write the plays, then a man of the same name did." I
find this squabble over authorship a bit surreal. The plays can stand on
their own. Until we discover more compelling and concrete evidence about
the man named Shakespeare, we'll never be sure who the author really
is.  Does it matter?  My honors English 12 students did a web quest on
the authorship question and couldn't understand what the flap was about.

Ruth Ross

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