The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1136 Thursday, 27 May 2004
From: Bob Grumman <
Date: Wednesday, 26 May 2004 16:13:41 -0400
Subject: 15.1125 Greene's Upstart Crow
Comment: Re: SHK 15.1125 Greene's Upstart Crow
>Many thanks to all those who have offered help and insights regarding
>Greene's passage about the "upstart crow." I didn't realize how
>extensive the controversy is surrounding this passage, and all the
>various interpretations assigned to it. In fact, it seems to have
>suffered a bit of scholarly overkill, from the point of view of someone
>sitting up here in the stands, but apparently it is critical to various
>other related theories (such as authorship issues - which, by the way,
>surprised me, since this passage didn't seem to have those kinds of
>implications when I initially read it).
There is nothing from Shakespeare's time with the remotest connection to
him that has not been brought into the authorship controversy.
One comment on your reasoning about Wraight's book: not only can't
Wraight have known how important Shakespeare was in 1592, but Greene or
whoever wrote the Groatsworth could have had it in for Shakespeare even
if he wasn't well-known.
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