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Shakespeare by Another Name
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1503  Tuesday, 13 September 2005

From: 		Elliott Stone <
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Date: 		Friday, 9 Sep 2005 15:21:50 -0400
Subject: 16.1489 Shakespeare by Another Name
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1489 Shakespeare by Another Name

It is rare for me to agree with Mr. Kathman on any subject, however, his 
reply and emendations to my post are accurate.

Mr. Kathman in his post did not consider, however, the one "NEW" idea 
which is that Melville's "Billy Bud" is in part an allegory on the Delia 
Bacon "Groupist" theory. Melville was a guest of Hawthorne within a week 
of the time that Hawthorne suggested to Delia Bacon that her thesis 
should be published as a Romance or Novel and, of course, Hawthorne 
later paid for the publication of the Delia Bacon book. Melville, we 
know, was well aware of Hart's diatribe against Shakespeare because he 
had been asked by his publisher and cousin to review it!  Melville's 
allegory is that Captain "Vere" is Shakespeare a man who is bookish, 
reads Montaigne, is a gentleman, secretive, homosexual, perhaps insane 
and shares the characteristics that Melville attributed to Shakespeare 
in his "Mosses On An Old Manse". The Drumhead Trial in "Billy Bud" then 
takes the place of the "Mousetrap" play within a play in Hamlet with 
Captain Vere acting the part of the Author, Director, Actor and all the 
other roles that Hamlet performs in Shakespeare's masterpiece.

Best,
Elliott H. Stone

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