The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1348 Friday, 25 June 2004
Date: Friday, June 25, 2004
Subject: The Heirs of Katherine Graham
The heirs of Katherine Graham, Newsweek and The Washington Post, have
uncharacteristically been catering to the uninformed this week.
The June 28, 2004, Newsweek has an article - "Mystery: Was Shakespeare a
She?" - that begins, "For more than 150 years, literary sleuths have
questioned whether William Shakespeare - a man with only a
grammar-school education, at best - could possibly have penned the
greatest works in the English language. But if he didn't, who did?" The
candidate reported here is the Countess of Pembroke. The article
concludes, "Case closed? Hardly. But [Robin] Williams [Mary Sidney
advocate] adds to the perennial intrigue." Gee, I wish I could read Ovid
in Latin after I left grammar school.
Today's Washington Post has a brief article - "Society Marks Death Of
'True' Shakespeare: Group Asserts Edward de Vere Wrote Plays - about the
De Vere Society's celebration of the 400th anniversary of the death of
its candidate. The caption to the picture reads "Edward de Vere died 400
years ago. His devotees say he is an unrecognized genius and Shakespeare
partisans protest too much." - an apparent reference to Stanley Wells,
the article's spokesperson for the opposing view.
My gorge rises at it.
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