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Eric Sams / Edward III
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1755  Monday, 27 September 2004

From:           Chris Clark <
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Date:           Wednesday, 22 Sep 2004 18:20:27 +0100
Subject:        Eric Sams / Edward III

An obituary of Eric Sams by Edward Greenfield was published in The
Guardian on Wednesday September 22, 2004. You can read it at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/obituaries/story/0,3604,1309661,00.html

Having read it through, one question occurs. I'm not greatly exercised
by questions of authorship, but Greenfield says Sams demonstrated that
Edward III was 'genuinely by the Bard and not collaboration, a point now
widely accepted.' Now, I saw the RSC's performance of the play during
the Jacobean season in London last year and it looked like juvenilia to
me - but my individual judgement is unimportant: what I want to ask
those members of this scholarly community who are in a position to know
is, is Sams' view - that the play was demonstrably solely by
Shakespeare, and not a collaboration - 'widely accepted', as Greenfield
says?

Chris Clark

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