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The Tennessee Law Review
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.2144  Monday, 27 December 2004

From:           Ward Elliott <
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Date:           Wednesday, 22 Dec 2004 10:43:20 -0800
Subject:        The Tennessee Law Review

December 22, 2004

The Tennessee Law Review will publish papers from the University of
Tennessee's June 2004 conference, "Who Wrote Shakespeare?"  in their
Fall 2004 issue, due out in February 2005.  It will contain, among other
things, articles by Alan Nelson, Steve May, and me as to why it couldn't
have been the Earl of Oxford, and articles by leading Oxfordians as to
why it had to be the Earl of Oxford.  Much of this is outside SHAKSPER's
ambit, but one part of it should be of great interest to SHAKSPERians: a
detailed description of how Valenza and I calculate the probability of
shared authorship. It's applicable not just to Oxford's poems but to
every other hot-button Shaksper authorship issue we've commented on over
the years-Titus Andronicus, A Lover's Complaint, Funeral Elegy by W.S.,
Edward III - and some we haven't discussed, such as Hand D of Sir Thomas
More.  The article is aimed at an audience of lawyers, and we have tried
to avoid technical language wherever possible.

Eventually we'll finish our book discussing all of these.  But that big,
costly second shoe will drop no sooner than 2 years hence, since many of
the chapters have not yet been written, and we want to have the whole
book on offer when we seek a publisher.  In the meantime, there is a
window of opportunity for SHAKSPERians to get the first shoe, in the
Tennessee Law Review, for $13, plus powerful articles by Alan and Steve
on a topic long skirted by Lit Department regulars.  We've had much to
say about our conclusions about the Shakespeare apocrypha and dubitanda,
but not so much to say about the methods we used to arrive at them,
since these don't fit compactly into a Shaksper posting.  Now, for about
a month, our admirers, critics, and anyone else interested in a look at
cutting-edge stylometrics can get almost the full details for a pittance.

Single issues cost $10; postage is $3; and they can only be ordered in
advance.  The window is open now; it will close when the issue goes to
the printer, most likely by early February.  If you would like a copy
send a check to:

The University of Tennessee
College of Law
Tennessee Law Review
1505 W. Cumberland Ave., #337
Knoxville, TN 37996-1801

And, while you are at it, send an e-mail reminder to Micki Fox
(
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W.  Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-1810 before February 1, 2005,
to make sure she orders a longer press run.

Ward Elliott

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