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Defining Shakespeare: Pericles as Test Case
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2121  Wednesday, 5 November 2003

From:           Bill Lloyd <
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Date:           Tuesday, 4 Nov 2003 08:00:39 EST
Subject:        Defining Shakespeare: Pericles as Test Case

Dear All:

MacDonald P. Jackson's book *Defining Shakespeare: Pericles as a Test
Case* has now been published by Oxford University Press [isbn
0199260508]. I've just finished reading it. I hesitate to use the word
"prove" -- that word seems to bring out the "sez who" in some folks--
but I'll say Jackson "convincingly demonstrates" that which before the
recent backlash we used to think we knew: Shakespeare cannot have been
responsible for the bulk of Acts 1 and 2 of Pericles, and that George
Wilkins almost certainly did write them. It is not any one argument, but
the range of arguments and tests-- metrical, linguistic, litcritical and
more-- that all point to the same conclusion. It's a job well done, and
worth your time and money-- or, as it's a bit pricey [those university
presses!], it's well worth making sure the library you use gets a copy.

Regards,
Bill Lloyd

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