The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1525 Thursday, 15 September 2005
Date: Wednesday, 14 Sep 2005 20:45:08 -0400
Subject: Theory that Shakespeare May Have Had Syphilis
Hi, I am brand new to this Shaksper listserv, and I really enjoyed
browsing in the archives of the past few years, there have been some
remarkable conversations here, and I am sorry I missed them.
One thread that caught my eye was from earlier this year (I believe),
and it briefly outlined the speculation that Shakespeare may have
suffered from syphilis late in his life.
Since many of the controversies regarding Shakespeare's life (most
notably, the question of his "true identity") seem to have been in the
public eye for centuries, I wondered whether the syphilis theory might
itself have a long ancestry, or is it of modern vintage? And if it is of
long standing, please give whatever particulars you are aware of.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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