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Olivia=I, Viola
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2082  Tuesday, 28 October 2003

[1]     From:   John Briggs <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Oct 2003 13:51:43 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2073 Olivia=I, Viola

[2]     From:   Bill Arnold <
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        Date:   Monday, 27 Oct 2003 06:20:33 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.2073 Olivia=I, Viola


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From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Oct 2003 13:51:43 -0000
Subject: 14.2073 Olivia=I, Viola
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2073 Olivia=I, Viola

Steve Sohmer wrote (after a bravura display of scholarship):

>That is why Shakespeare wrote "Twelfth Night" for
>performance on 3 February 1600 ...

Unfortunately, it is generally agreed that the play was written in 1601,
probably in anticipation of the Christmas festivities.  The first
recorded performance was on Candlemas, 1602.

John Briggs

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From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Monday, 27 Oct 2003 06:20:33 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 14.2073 Olivia=I, Viola
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.2073 Olivia=I, Viola

Steve Sohmer writes, "There's good reason to be wary about imputing
anagrammatism to Shakespeare...."

Well, yes and no.  In a number of cases, it *seems* as if one could make
a convincing case of authorial intent:

Author Martin Gardner in *The Washington Post* of 1992, according to
Norrie Epstein, disclosed that Will Shakespeare had created
acrostic-anagrams, including "O Titania," in *A Midsummer Night's
Dream*, in Titania's love plaint,
"Out...Thou...I...The...ANd...I'll...And."

For a full discussion try the Friedman book *The Shakespearean Ciphers
Examined* with its 302 pages of careful analysis and documentation.

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

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