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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0394  Wednesday, 11 February 2004

[1]     From:   Alan Dessen <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2004 14:12:44 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0387 More on "In Search of Shakespeare"

[2]     From:   Al Magary <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2004 13:11:55 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0387 More on "In Search of Shakespeare"

[3]     From:   Louis Marder <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2004 17:38:50 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0387 More on "In Search of Shakespeare"


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From:           Alan Dessen <
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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Feb 2004 14:12:44 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 15.0387 More on "In Search of Shakespeare"
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0387 More on "In Search of Shakespeare"

I have no wish to debate the proper bibliographical or archival
attribution for Sam Schoenbaum.  My only response to citations on this
list is that back in the 1960s I used "Samuel Schoenbaum" in a footnote
and was corrected shortly thereafter by Sam himself (my colleague for
four years at Northwestern).  The "obvious" expansion of Sam into Samuel
may account for the many examples.  I once heard the correct (e.g.,
passport) expansion of the S. but don't recall it (it was likely the
Yiddish version of Samuel).

Alan Dessen

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From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Feb 2004 13:11:55 -0800
Subject: 15.0387 More on "In Search of Shakespeare"
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0387 More on "In Search of Shakespeare"

Perhaps this thread should be reentitled "In Search of S. Schoenbaum."

I point out the occasional usefulness of searching Google, JSTOR, or
archive of choice to determine the overall
acceptance/popularity/frequency of various names, spellings, etc., in
case one has no recognized authority to Just Tell You.

In JSTOR (selecting Language and Literature journals):
S. Schoenbaum:          68
Samuel Schoenbaum:      11
Sam Schoenbaum:         2

I was recently curious about Henry VIII's first queen and found, in
JSTOR/History:

Catherine of Aragon:         97
Katherine...                 12
Katharine...                  7
Catharine...                  6

Of course, even to meet the standards of the 9th grade scientist, you'd
have to (1) know all the variations to test and (2) make sure some idiot
didn't fill an article with, eg, "Caitlyn of Aragon."

Cheers,
Al (Only 1 R) Magary

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From:           Louis Marder <
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Date:           Tuesday, 10 Feb 2004 17:38:50 -0600
Subject: 15.0387 More on "In Search of Shakespeare"
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0387 More on "In Search of Shakespeare"

SHAKSPERIANS

Need it be said?  Looking for arguments?  S. Schoenbaum's first name is
Sam.  It is a fact!  I have known Sam for more than fifty years and he
was always Sam.  What is the joke? Why such foolishness?  LM

[Editor's Note:  Professors Dessen and Marder have definitively
addressed the issue of Sam Schoenbaum's first name. We owe them our
thanks and nothing more need be said on the subject. -Hardy]

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