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Seeking Enfants Terribles
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1056  Thursday, 13 May 2004

From:           Marcus Dahl <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 May 2004 12:55:04 +0100
Subject: 15.1051 Seeking Enfants Terribles
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1051 Seeking Enfants Terribles

Can I just say that these comments all sound a bit negative to me?

I mean - Gary Taylor himself started out in academia as rather a
glorious rebel figure - a very young gifted scholar with an un-orthodox
approach and style - who nonetheless succeeded through his own efforts
and with the recognition of his peers.  Many of the most famous scholars
now accepted into the canon of literary high-brows started out as young
talented outsiders fresh from University Colleges etc. Of course those
such as Empson didn't really need any help - the word genius springs to
mind.

Nonetheless, I think it is a good idea to help ambitious and talented
young people get a foot in the door of academia through some sort of
merited scheme.

Personally I have met some very good young scholars - many of them on
this list - who no doubt deserve to get on in academia and would benefit
from any help that Ex-Young-Turks, such as Gary Taylor, could offer.

Best,
Marcus (old and weary) Dahl

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