The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0075 Thursday, 1 February 2007
Date: Tuesday, 30 Jan 2007 15:07:46 EST
Subject: Shakespeare, A Lover's Complaint and John Davies of Hereford
A note to let people know about the publication this month by Cambridge
University Press of Brian Vickers' latest book *Shakespeare, A Lover's
Complaint and John Davies of Hereford*. You may recall that the
authorship of this poem was the subject of some discussion here on
SHAKSPER a couple years back. Although LC was published as a sort of
appendix to Shakespeare's Sonnets, many readers and scholars have been
reluctant to accept it as Shakespeare's on account of its [supposed]
awkward versification and sometimes bizarre vocabulary.
In recent years LC has been accorded a bit more acceptance, but
Professor Vickers has [on SHAKSPER and elsewhere] now argued that it can
be identified as the work of poet and calligrapher John Davies of
Hereford. There was a bit of back-and-forth here on the subject, and the
poem has a strong pro-Shakespeare defender in Professor MacD. P.
Jackson, but what I've seen so far of Vickers' arguments have been at
least very intriguing, and I look forward to reading his book.
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