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Shakespeare in the Groatsworth?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0976  Monday, 19 May 2003

From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Friday, 16 May 2003 07:43:30 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 14.0967 Shakespeare in the Groatsworth?
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0967 Shakespeare in the Groatsworth?

Bob Grumman writes, "I have little problem with the notion that
Shakespeare collaborated with Peele on Titus but think it more likely
that he was only influenced by Peele.  He may also have revised a Peele
play.  Reason: Greene in the Groatsworth warns Peele (many scholars are
agreed) to watch out for Shakespeare, which suggests Peele didn't know
Shakespeare.  But that, of course, assumes that Titus was done before
1592, which I'm sure of although I have no more factual evidence for my
belief than Vickers has for his belief in a later date for the play.
(Vickers has also stated it as a fact that Chettle wrote the
Groatsworth, based on a stylometric study he likes, so he can counter
that Chettle didn't know what he was talking about."

OK, you got me.  But I am curious, just what is this warning that Greene
gave to Peele "to watch out for Shakespeare."  Who was Greene, dates and
place, and who was Peele, dates and place, and when and where was this
"Goatsworth" written or published?  And what is the specific referent to
Shakespeare?  Can you quote it?  Thanks, in advance.

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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