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Spellings of the Name Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1740  Friday, 17 September 2004

[1]     From:   David Kathman <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 15 Sep 2004 11:29:27 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1714 Spellings of the Name Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Kareen Klein <
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        Date:   Thursday, 16 Sep 2004 16:27:43 +0200
        Subj:   Shk's name


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From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 15 Sep 2004 11:29:27 -0500
Subject: 15.1714 Spellings of the Name Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1714 Spellings of the Name Shakespeare

Curt L. Tofteland wrote:

 >I am seeking information for the questions that follow.
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 >Please feel free to respond to the list or to my email address
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 >1.  What are all the spellings of the name Shakespeare?

In my article "The Spelling and Pronunciation of Shakespeare's Name", I
discuss all the spellings which were used for William Shakespeare's name
during his lifetime.  Two lists accompanying the article list every
surviving written example of the name from 1564 to 1616, in the original
spelling.  I wrote the article to counter the claims of
antistratfordians who falsely claim that the name was spelled
differently in literary and nonliterary environments, but hopefully it
will be useful for whatever you need it for.  The article is online at

http://shakespeareauthorship.com/name1.html

Dave Kathman

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From:           Kareen Klein <
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Date:           Thursday, 16 Sep 2004 16:27:43 +0200
Subject:        Shk's name

There is a nice anthology called "Shaw on Shakespeare", where one can
read all about bardolatry, and where GBS often calls Shakespeare simply
"Will".  If I remember correctly, writes "Shakespear" throughout. I
believe it was first published by Edwin Wilson in 1961 and is available
from Applause Theatre Book Publishers.

I usually abbreviate "Shk" whenever I write, I've even gotten my
chat-buddies used to the term. I originally got it from my professor at
uni.

You might also want to have a look at this:

http://shakespeareauthorship.com/name1.html

The three national poets of Germany are said to be Goethe, Schiller and
Shakespeare. Statues of the three can be found somewhere, but I
unfortunately do not remember the town.

Kind regards,
Kareen Klein

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