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Re: King John Date
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0713  Friday, 11 April 2003

From:           B. Vickers <
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Date:           Friday, 11 Apr 2003 09:26:34 +0200
Subject: 14.0686 Re: King John Date
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0686 Re: King John Date

Bob Grumman asks for supporting arguments on Peele's authorship of about
760 lines in the co-authored play Titus Andronicus. If he consults my
book, Shakespeare, Co-Author. A Historical Study of Five Collaborative
Plays (Oxford, 2002), pp. 138-41, 148-243, 449-473, he will find that I
synthesize there over 80 years of research arguing for Peele's
authorship, and add several new tests of my own. On p. 242 I list 21
independent tests by 12 scholars which present a mass of detail,
objective linguistic analyses statistically verified, contextual,
linguistic, vocabulary, and metrical studies, among others, which
independently confirm each other.  This is my evidence.

Of course early work can have impressive passages, but the parallels I
briefly cited between KJ and works of the mid-1590s were of
subject-matter, attitude, language, and dramaturgy. Check out Jackson,
Smallwood, and Braunmuller, if you don't believe me (and of course, why
should you?). What you call the 'narrative poverty' of TA may be a
reaction to Peele's vigorous but cruder dramaturgy: see pp. 449-73 as
above. My essay on his authorship of TR will contain nothing but
evidence.

Brian Vickers

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