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The So-Called "Authorship Question"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1434  Thursday, 1 September 2005

[1] 	From: 	Peter Farey <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 30 Aug 2005 19:16:12 +0100
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1421 Brian Vickers in TLS, Wm Niederkorn in NYT

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	Date: 	Thursday, September 01, 2005
	Subj: 	The So-Called "Authorship Question"


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From: 		Peter Farey <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 30 Aug 2005 19:16:12 +0100
Subject: 16.1421 Brian Vickers in TLS, Wm Niederkorn in NYT
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1421 Brian Vickers in TLS, Wm Niederkorn in NYT

This is 'authorship' stuff. As a new arrival here (and, truth to tell, 
one whom members might call an anti-Stratfordian) I would like to ask 
why, despite all I have heard to the contrary, 'authorship' matters such 
as these do seem to be acceptable after all? I recall, as another 
example, Sandra Sparks's "When I read earlier this year that Rylance 
(along with, another shock, Derek Jacobi) does not believe that 
Shake-speare wrote any of the plays, I was glad to know that he was 
leaving Shakespeare's Globe."

Would it be right to assume that one can say anything one likes about 
the authorship, just so long as, on balance, the orthodox opinion is 
upheld?

Peter Farey

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From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date: 		Thursday, September 01, 2005
Subject: 	The So-Called "Authorship Question"

Dear SHAKSPEReans Old and New:

I do not have the time or inclination to provide a long history as to 
why I do not permit conversations about the so-called "Authorship 
Question," and a detailed explanation is just not necessary. I am either 
a scholar who has studied the subject for more than thirty years or a 
closed-minded fool.

For me, the so-called "Authorship Question" is simply not an issue.  As 
a fervent Anti-Anti-Stratfordian with limited time, I do not care to be 
bothered with it.

I had an Editor's Note about this matter a few weeks ago:

http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2005/1341.html

At that time, I wrote, "If you wish to contend that William Shakespeare 
of Stratford was not the author of the plays and poems generally 
associated with him, then you have subscribed to the wrong list."

If you want to maintain that "the man from Essex," or Queen Elizabeth I 
or II, or Bacon, or Marlowe, or Voldemort is the real author of 
Shakespeare's plays and poems, then you have plenty of other places to 
do it, including the newsgroup that was founded when I could no longer 
tolerate hearing the same authorship arguments over and over and . . .

This list is my contribution to the world; it exists as a consequence of 
my time (a minimum of twelve hours per week) and money (quite 
considerable) with no institutional support or other assistance except 
from webmaster and technical advisor Eric Luhrs and the members of the 
SHAKSPER Advisory Board.

Hardy M. Cook
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