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Eric Sams / Edward III
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1791  Thursday, 30 September 2004

[1]     From:   Marcus Dahl <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 13:08:15 +0100
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.1778 Eric Sams / Edward III

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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 15:06:10 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1778 Eric Sams / Edward III

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        Date:   Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 18:40:13 +0100
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From:           Marcus Dahl <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 13:08:15 +0100
Subject: 15.1778 Eric Sams / Edward III
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1778 Eric Sams / Edward III

Dear All,

Eric Sams was a terrific read but his attributions have failed to reach
wide acceptance (particularly his attribution of Edmond Ironside to
Shakespeare).  I personally think that Edward III should be removed from
the accepted Shakespeare canon until the evidence for its inclusion is
more persuasive.  My edition by Melchiori states that Shakespeare's
'sole authorship of at least Act Two is undeniable'. That, to say the
least, is an exaggeration. To judge by the general verse structure, oral
repetitions and derivative style (that is, its echoing of the Henry VI
sequence) I say the play is more likely by Greene or some such like -
Shakespeare rarely repeats himself so thoroughly.

Avant ye!

Marcus

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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 15:06:10 +0100
Subject: 15.1778 Eric Sams / Edward III
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1778 Eric Sams / Edward III

Michael Egan wants me to be more specific in my comments about Eric
Sams' cavalier approach to evidence.  I really don't want to come across
as bashing Eric, whose enthusiasm and gadfly behaviour were, sometimes
alternately, sometimes simultaneously, inspirational and infuriating.

Eric worked by deciding something was true, then seeking the evidence to
prove it.  In seeking that evidence he was indeed thorough and detailed.
  Eric treated counter-evidence one of two ways: he either ignored it,
or he rubbished it.

This is not a hasty or anecdotal opinion: I was one of the readers for
the Yale edition Michael cites in Eric's favour.

Jonathan Hope
Strathclyde University, Glasgow

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From:           Martin Steward <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 18:40:13 +0100
Subject: Eric Sams / Edward III
Comment:        SHK 15.1778 Eric Sams / Edward III

Michael Egan writes, "Widespread or generally are hard to define in this
context, but Edward III appears in the 1997 Riverside, one of the
standard Collected Works..."

"Funeral Elegy", anyone?

m

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