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Shakespeare in Big Type
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0718  Friday, 4 August 2006

From: 		Elliott Stone <
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Date: 		Thursday, 3 Aug 2006 12:20:43 -0400
Subject: 17.0709 Shakespeare in Big Type
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0709 Shakespeare in Big Type

Melville's work shows the influence that Shakespeare had on him over and 
over again. One important bit of trivia can be found on the title page 
of Moby- Dick. You will note that there is a hyphen in the title, in the 
same way that Shake-Speare is found on the title of many of the quartos, 
but in the book itself the whale is always called "Moby Dick" with no 
hyphen.

A more important issue deals with Billy Bud. There has been some recent 
criticism that argues that the book has an allegorical theme relating to 
the authorship controversy that is based on Delia Bacon's Groupist 
writings. Delia Bacon's theories, that were supported, in some measure, 
by Melville's friends Hawthorne and Emerson, is dealt with by Schoenbaum 
in "Part VI Deviations" in his treatise "Shakespeare's Lives".

Best,
Elliott H. Stone

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