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Re: The Puritan
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0147  Tuesday, 28 January 2003

From:           Gerald E. Downs <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Jan 2003 20:59:38 EST
Subject: 14.0129 Re: The Puritan
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0129 Re: The Puritan

John W. Kennedy <
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>Jack Heller <
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>>I am missing the context of Gerald Downs's discussion
>>of the play The Puritan.

>The context, I'm afraid, is simply that Jerry Downs is an
>anti-Stratfordian (but of unclear allegiance)

I believe the authorship question is taboo on the SHAKSPER list. Any
attempt on my part to respond to this statement would be disallowed, I'm
sure.

>obsessed with destroying Don Foster's reputation.

The respected scholar Brian Vickers has published a very convincing
book, <Counterfeiting Shakespeare>, that calls the scholarship of Donald
Foster into question. The book is well worth reading. Its indictment is
not just of the advocates of Shakespeare's authorship of "The Funeral
Elegy," but of the general condition of a scholarly community that
allows such faulty work to pass unopposed.

>On news:humanities.lit.authors.shakespeare he has made
>several allegations that are plainly libelous, and his recent
>posting here is simply a rehash of material he has already
>posted there.

Again, this forum restricts discussion. I advocate scholarship and
condemn name-calling.  Donald Foster has suggested that William Strachey
had possibly caused the publication of The Puritan over his own
initials. His supporting evidence for this suggestion is that Strachey
had access to the playbook and that he was in London at the time.
Neither of these assertions is true. What objection can be made to
correction of factual error?

Gerald E. Downs

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