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A Lover's Complaint & John Davies of Hereford
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0377  Tuesday, 10 February 2004

From:           Gerald E. Downs <
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Date:           Monday, 9 Feb 2004 20:30:04 EST
Subject: 15.0355 A Lover's Complaint & John Davies of Hereford
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0355 A Lover's Complaint & John Davies of Hereford

John Briggs said,

 >Whether Gerald E. Downs likes it or not, bibliographers really do
 >take low survival rates as evidence of 'heavy thumbing'.

Duncan-Jones neglected to cite these bibliographers. Does anyone know
where the rationale is explained? But do they really take low survival
rates as evidence only of 'heavy thumbing'? Do they give significance in
this respect to survival rates of one in 1,200?

 >However implausible it may seem, for a non-professional to reject
 >it on grounds of common sense is simply to invite ridicule.

You mean people get paid for that? I hate to invite ridicule, because
I'm a little too prone to it myself, & we get off subject.  Just to be
clear: authority is not argument, in my opinion.

Gerald E. Downs

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