2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1719  Tuesday, 2 September 2003

From:           Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, September 02, 2003
Subject:        Seeing the Fingerprints of Other Hands in Shakespeare

September 2, 2003
Seeing the Fingerprints of Other Hands in Shakespeare
By WILLIAM S. NIEDERKORN

In matters of Shakespeare authorship, it is often said that nothing is
ever resolved. But in a recent book Brian Vickers, director of
Renaissance Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in
Zurich, has brought clarity to the old and hotly debated question of
Shakespeare's work with co-authors. As a result changes will be made in
some future editions of Shakespeare.

In "Shakespeare, Co-Author" (Oxford University Press, 2002), Professor
Vickers, 65, shows how numerous tests by many generations of scholars
demonstrate substantial work by other playwrights in five Shakespeare
plays. Examining factors like rhetorical devices, polysyllabic words and
metrical habits, scholars have been able to identify reliably an author
of a work or part of a work, even when the early editions did not give
credit.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/02/arts/02SHAK.html

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