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Are you now or have you ever been . . .
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0178  Wednesday, 7 March 2007

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date: 		Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Subject: 	Are you now or have you ever been . . .

Dear Members (of the Struggle),

I have just learned from one of our own in the underground that after 
five centuries of carrying out the greatest literary/historical hoax 
ever conceived, we may be on the verge of being exposed.

The New York Times (or, at least, The New York Times Education Life 
section under the able generalship of William Niederkorn) has "randomly 
selected" Shakespeare professors from U.S. colleges and universities to 
complete a survey to help them find out what you think "about the 
Shakespeare authorship question -- that is, about the question as to 
whether the works of Shakespeare were mainly written by William 
Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avon, or by one or more other authors."

The results from those who help "will be used in an article in The New 
York Times. All answers will be kept confidential and reported only as 
percentages. You and the school you represent will remain anonymous, 
unless you agree to offer your views for the record."

As you will surely agree, this survey presents a formidable obstacle to 
our maintaining the secret we hold so dear, that William Shakespeare was 
William Shakespeare. Now, our colleagues who have opposed us will no 
longer have to subject themselves to the scorn and derision they receive 
when they attempt to reveal our secret through the scholarly venues of 
publication and peer-review. Now, all they will have to do is 
anonymously complete an online survey, reveal their (until now) hidden 
numbers, and triumphantly claim our places for themselves, while 
righting a 500-year-old wrong in the process.

Dark days are ahead.

Yours in the name of William Shakespeare,
Hardy M. Cook

[PS: I have been sick and am catching up. I will start tomorrow getting 
back to submissions. Also, let me remind you to keep those Roundtable 
contributions coming. Past week's digests can be found at the following:

http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2007/0065.html
http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2007/0091.html
http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2007/0128.html
http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2007/0155.html
http://www.shaksper.net/archives/2007/0168.html

--HMC]

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