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Yorkshire Tragedy
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0743  Monday, 22 March 2004

From:           Dennis Taylor <
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Date:           Saturday, 20 Mar 2004 17:03:18 -0500
Subject:        Yorkshire Tragedy

Has there been any discussion of the somewhat remarkable claim by
Katherine Duncan-Jones in Ungentle Shakespeare which, while
acknowledging the widespread attribution of the play to Middleton,
argues that The Yorkshire Tragedy is "probably Shakespearean," (p. 16);
"Shakespeare may have written his short, raw, powerful A Yorkshire
Tragedy within days of the appearance of a pamphlet describing
Calverly's murder in the summer of 1605"; "As the play's most recent
editors [D-J cites Cawley and Gaines's 1988 edn.] acknowledge, there is
very strong evidence for Shakespeare's authorship of A Yorkshire
Tragedy-stronger than for his authorship of any of the others plays
added to the third and fourth Shakespeare folios." D-J also cites a 1957
N & Q article by G. Blayney which I have not yet read. She does not cite
Mark Dominic's fairly extensive treatment in Shakespeare-Middleton
Collaborations. Why the omission? (not authoritative? argues only for
selected parts?) I think Wells TLS April 20 2001 review of Ungentle
Shakespeare is the only one to address, somewhat negatively, D-J's
claim. I am interested in the subject because-o dread-of the interesting
Catholic connections around A Yorkshire Tragedy-something D-J (or Wells)
would not like to hear about.

Is there any very current discussion of the provenance of A Yorkshire
Tragedy, or any response to D-J's surprising confidence? Does anyone see
it included soon in the standard editions soon (passing "A Funeral
Elegy" on the way out?

Best
Dennis T

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