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Re: Shakespeare and Research
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.071  Wednesday, 15 January 2003

From:           Claude Caspar <
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Date:           Tuesday, 14 Jan 2003 11:21:03 -0500
Subject: 14.065 Re: Shakespeare and Research
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.065 Re: Shakespeare and Research

By the way, in the process of moving my library, yesterday, Honigmann's
"Myriad-Minded Shakespeare," appeared.  The first & last essays are
especially germane to our recent discussions [here], though all are
first-rate: "In search of William Shakespeare: the public & the private
man," "Shakespeare at work: preparing, writing, rewriting," and,
especially "Shakespeare on his deathbed: the last will & testament,"
(see second edition) in which he addresses the misleading traditional
image of our 'gentle Shakespeare' in the closing paragraphs  You will
find one amazing insight after another, from a world-class scholar who
has edited a number of the plays, etc.  One thing is clear to me from
such wisdom based on solid scholarship- Shakespeare, the man who lived
in Stratford, based on "facts" such as the Will & other contemporaneous
documentation was an extraordinary & most unusual man, separate from the
Work.  Though attempts to make him a merkin for Marlow or Oxford fail on
many fronts, the fact remains uncontrovertibly that the man himself was
not a common man at all, as some claim.

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