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The Heirs of Katherine Graham
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1356  Monday, 28 June 2004

[1]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Jun 2004 12:09:10 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1348 The Heirs of Katherine Graham

[2]     From:   D Bloom <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Jun 2004 13:08:38 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.1348 The Heirs of Katherine Graham

[3]     From:   Bill Arnold <
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        Date:   Sunday, 27 Jun 2004 08:26:14 -0700 (PDT)
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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Jun 2004 12:09:10 -0400
Subject: 15.1348 The Heirs of Katherine Graham
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1348 The Heirs of Katherine Graham

The Newsweek article cites as a principal piece of evidence for Mary
Sidney that she belonged to a club that sought to "elevate English
literature."  And we all know that popular plays were regarded as the
highest of haute lettres.

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From:           D Bloom <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Jun 2004 13:08:38 -0500
Subject: 15.1348 The Heirs of Katherine Graham
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.1348 The Heirs of Katherine Graham

Hardy is certainly corrected in feeling slightly nauseated at the
articles printed in the Post and Newsweek regarding the authorship
question.

This is junk reporting at its most basic, the journalistic equivalent of
a Big Mac with fries. The writers knew little or nothing of the subject
and probably thought it was all pretty silly. Thus they treated it with
the whimsy they felt it deserved. Unfortunately, this ineptly-handled
whimsy failed to get across the real issues involved (junk scholarship
versus the real thing -- in other words, the equivalent of the reporting
itself).

All lines of work have these junk-producing bozos, even our own (and I
don't mean only Authorship cranks). What is most depressing to me is
that their editors were apparently also too ill-educated to see what
junk was being produced, and file it appropriately.

Cheers,
don

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From:           Bill Arnold <
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Date:           Sunday, 27 Jun 2004 08:26:14 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 15.1348 The Heirs of Katherine Graham
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1348 The Heirs of Katherine Graham

OK: as scholars we know the *hocum* hidden within this Newsweek and
Washington Post drivel on Shakespeare, so it makes me really wonder how
much deeper the hocum-doo do doodle on doomsday subjects of today, let
alone 400 years ago?

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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