2004

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0355  Monday, 9 February 2004

From:           John Briggs <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 7 Feb 2004 00:26:42 -0000
Subject: 15.0330 A Lover's Complaint & John Davies of Hereford
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0330 A Lover's Complaint & John Davies of Hereford

Whether Gerald E. Downs likes it or not, bibliographers really do take
low survival rates as evidence of 'heavy thumbing'.  However implausible
it may seem, for a non-professional to reject it on grounds of common
sense is simply to invite ridicule.

Katherine Duncan-Jones' identification of the 'J.D.' of the 3 January
1599/1600 Stationers' Register entry as Sir John Davies is an important
one, and despite its difficulties (if the "Amours" are really Marlowe's
translations of Ovid, then it ought to read "by C.M. with ... by W.S."),
Brian Vickers was unwise not to mention it in his lecture, especially as
his re-attribution really adds nothing to his main argument.

John Briggs

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