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Was Shakespeare's Wife Literate?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0313  Wednesday, 16 February 2005

From:           Norman Hinton <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Feb 2005 10:10:56 -0600
Subject: 16.0300 Was Shakespeare's Wife Literate?
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0300 Was Shakespeare's Wife Literate?

 >Literate means able to read AND write (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate
 >Dictionary, CD edition)..so if she could read and not write she wouldn't
 >be "literate."

Finding this definition in a contemporary dictionary has nothing at all
to do with the situations of literacy in the Renaissance or the Middle
Ages.  One might as well find the word "car" in Shakespeare and conclude
that it is a Volkswagen.

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