The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0510 Monday, 17 March 2003
Date: Friday, 14 Mar 2003 15:53:53 -0500
Subject: Re: Vickers & Lover's Complaint
Bill Lloyd was quite right in correcting my error. There are indeed
seven page references for Lover's Complaint in the index of Brian
Vickers' Counterfeiting Shakespeare, and they occur after the
alphabetical listing of the canonical works and are prefaced with the
word Anonymous. When I found nothing between King Lear and Love's
Labour's Lost, I presumed there was nothing to find and didn't turn the
However, it is only the passage I quoted from page 118 that actually
expresses Vickers' rather guarded skepticism about whether Shakespeare
actually wrote A Lover's Complaint; the other six pages are his noting
or quoting what someone else said about the poem.
I do not make this point to imply that I was right all along; in fact, I
think that Bill Lloyd's spotting what I missed actually is another
recording of Vickers' skepticism, since he is ultimately responsible for
segregating A Lover's Complaint from the rest of the works under
"Anonymous" (though presumably not by Joe Klein).
That word, by the way, is uncharacteristically inaccurate for Vickers.
In the Sonnets volume, immediately after the title, A Lover's Complaint,
is the line "by William Shakespeare." Vickers might better have used
"Attributed to" or even "Dubiosa" rather than "Anonymous"; even the
wrong name is not no name.
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