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Greene's Upstart Crow
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1089  Thursday, 20 May 2004

From:           William Davis <
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Date:           Wednesday, 19 May 2004 11:55:54 -0400
Subject:        Greene's Upstart Crow

After reviewing a number of earlier posts regarding Greene's famous
lines against the "upstart crow" who beautified himself with the
feathers of others, I was interested to know more about the controversy
surrounding the identity of this "upstart crow."  While it appears most
people feel it is a reference to Shakespeare, it's also clear that
others feel it is a reference to someone else (such as Edward Alleyn;
see Stephanie Hughes' post of 2/7/99 titled "Antonios; Gilligan;
Nietzsche, Bona Bard").  While Greene's text does appear to be a
reference to Shakespeare in my book, I am still curious to know why some
people feel it is not.  However, I am having trouble locating the
articles, books, etc., which outline the Edward Alleyn theory (or any
other candidate, for that matter).  Ms. Hughes mentions John Dover
Wilson and Dolly Wraight, as well as "others," but could anyone please
be kind enough to offer a few more specifics, such as titles of works or
publications where these viewpoints are shared?  It would be greatly
appreciated.

On a similar note, I am curious to know if this remains a point of
controversy today, or if anyone has found a way to resolve the identity
crisis for the upstart crow in recent years.

Anxiously awaiting resources,
William Davis

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