The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0486 Thursday, 13 March 2003
Date: Wednesday, 12 Mar 2003 12:42:42 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.0452 Re: Endings (and Beginnings) of Titus
Comment: Re: SHK 14.0452 Re: Endings (and Beginnings) of Titus
J.M.Robertson made the argument for Peele's collaborative authorship at
length in "Did Shakespeare Write Titus Andronicus?"(l905).He followed a
suggestion by Fredrick Fleay and,in his ture, was immediately and
enthusiastically seconded in a scholarly review by W.W. Greg.
Robertson elaborated this attribution in his nearly five hundred page
"Introduction to the Study of the Shakespeare
Canon"(l924).Unfortunately,despite some strong support from
T.S.Eliot,Robertson's reputation never recovered from E.K.Chambers's
lecture "The Disintegration of Shakespeare"(l925) and he was and is
castigated by those(nearly everyone) who have not read his magnum opus.
J.Dover Wilson incorporated large portions of Robertson's detective work
into his edition without any acknowledgment and later generations of
editors have continued to treat the claim as if it were Wilson's private
Robertson also makes an excellent argument for Robert Greene's
authorship of the Countess scenes in "Edward III". In fact,whether right
or wrong,(and personally I am very sure he is right) it must be one of
the most readable and well structured Elizabethan authorship
attributions ever written.
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