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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1452  Saturday, 3 September 2005

[1] 	From: 	Terence Hawkes <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 1 Sep 2005 12:29:32 -0400
	Subj: 	SHK 16.1436 More Shakespeare Code ...

[2] 	From: 	V. K. Inman <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 01 Sep 2005 15:07:12 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1436 More Shakespeare Code ...

[3] 	From: 	Colin Cox <
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	Date: 	Thursday, 01 Sep 2005 14:24:03 -0700
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[4] 	From: 	Peter Bridgman <
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	Date: 	Friday, 2 Sep 2005 23:26:32 +0100
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From: 		Terence Hawkes <
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Date: 		Thursday, 1 Sep 2005 12:29:32 -0400
Subject: More Shakespeare Code ...
Comment: 	SHK 16.1436 More Shakespeare Code ...

David Lindley rightly deplores the Guardian's ' . . .serene assumption 
that the code is just 'there', waiting for the modest Asquith to 'crack it'

On the other hand, the paper's Polly Toynbee, writing on Wednesday 
August 31st, performs an invaluable service by revealing the true 
identity of a crucial Shakespeare figure of our times. Her repeated 
references to 'Professor Stanley Webb, scholar and editor of the Oxford 
Shakespeare' (p.  18) must rank as a major unmasking. It is shattering news.

T. Hawkes

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From: 		V. K. Inman <
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Date: 		Thursday, 01 Sep 2005 15:07:12 -0400
Subject: 16.1436 More Shakespeare Code ...
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1436 More Shakespeare Code ...

David Lindley says

 >Go to the link, and you'll find that: 'Aside from being the first to
 >spot this daring Shakespearean code, Asquith also claims to be the first
 >to have cracked it.'
 >
 >This serene assumption that the code is just 'there', waiting for the
 >modest Asquith to 'crack it', and failure to recognise that it's just
 >possible that the 'code' itself could be her fabrication, might have a
 >depressingly familiar ring to members of this list.

V. K. Inman responds.  No she is not the first to crack it!  She is just 
the first to publish it.  I cracked it in 1990 when I was teaching 
gifted high school students Hamlet.  I will rush my paper to 
completion-Hamlet is a subversive piece of Roman Catholic propaganda! 
Actually, more accurately, a wishy washy piece of Roman Catholic 
propaganda!  But it is not merely this, it is also a masterful play in 
which the message was deeply imbedded to protect the author-to give him 
deniability.  It debates contemporary views and philosophies and 
portrays contemporary persons in its characters.  I will give one thing 
in my paper away:  What was Shakespeare thinking when he said, "The 
play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King'?

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From: 		Colin Cox <
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Date: 		Thursday, 01 Sep 2005 14:24:03 -0700
Subject: 16.1436 More Shakespeare Code ...
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1436 More Shakespeare Code ...

 >"This book has been out for a while.  Several months ago I asked if
 >anyone on the list had read it, since the argument sounded silly but both
 >the author and publisher have good credentials.  I repeat the query."

I have the book and have read it. Whilst I found the arguments 
interesting, I also found myself on many occasions invoking Occam's Razor.

Colin Cox

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From: 		Peter Bridgman <
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Date: 		Friday, 2 Sep 2005 23:26:32 +0100
Subject: 16.1436 More Shakespeare Code ...
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1436 More Shakespeare Code ...

Arthur Lindley writes ...

 >This book has been out for a while.  Several months
 >ago I asked if anyone on the list had read it, since the
 >argument sounded silly but both the author and
 >publisher have good credentials.  I repeat the query.

I haven't read it yet but it's on my list.  Here's an interesting 
article by the author ...

http://www.commonwealmagazine.org/article.php?id_article=1297

Peter Bridgman

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