More Shakespeare Code ...
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1551 Monday, 19 September 2005
[Editor's Note: John Velz has the last word in this thread. It is now
From: John W. Velz <
Date: Sunday, 18 Sep 2005 00:28:04 -0500
Subject: Shakespeare Codes
Anyone who is tempted to argue that the Shakespeare plays and poems
contain coded messages should take a look at William and Elisabeth
Friedman, <The Shakespearean Ciphers Examined> which "examined" the
corpus of books arguing for codes that are housed in the Folger
Shakespeare Library. There are very many of these. The Friedmans were
not Shakespeareans and had no axe to grind. Working together in the
early 1940s, they had cracked the Japanese naval code and thereby
enabled the defeats the American navy inflicted on the Japanese fleets
in various naval battles of World War II. They were regarded in their
time as among the best code breakers in the world. Later they spent
years on the various codes in the Folger collection, using the methods
that had broken the Japanese code, and then wrote the book published by
Cambridge (in the 1960s, I believe). Their conclusion is definitive.
"No code ever proposed proves anyone's authorship of the Shakespeare
plays." (apologies if my memory gets the wording imperfectly).
John W. Velz
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