2007

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0182  Thursday, 8 March 2007

[1] 	From: 	Hannibal Hamlin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date: 	Wednesday, 07 Mar 2007 12:58:13 -0500
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

[2] 	From: 	David Richman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date: 	Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 13:57:19 -0500
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

[3] 	From: 	Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date: 	Wednesday, 07 Mar 2007 13:01:51 -0800
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

[4] 	From: 	Paul E. Doniger <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date: 	Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 15:35:13 -0800 (PST)
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

[5] 	From: 	Harry Connors <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date: 	Thursday, 08 Mar 2007 03:10:56 +0000
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

[6] 	From: 	Anne Cuneo <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
	Date: 	Thursday, 8 Mar 2007 14:28:16 +0100
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .


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From: 		Hannibal Hamlin <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 07 Mar 2007 12:58:13 -0500
Subject: 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

Dear Shakespeareans,

Might I suggest a response?  It's always seemed to me that one reason 
this idiocy continues to plague us is that most serious Shakespeare 
scholars do not regularly protest-and who can blame them, since we all 
have much better ways to spend our time.  However, perhaps in this case, 
given the high profile of the NYTimes, a strong protest should be made. 
  Much depends, of course, on what the article actually says.  The Times 
has given credence and respect to the so-called Anti-Stratfordians 
before, however, so there will likely be something to complain about. 
Wouldn't it have some impact if a letter of protest were written to the 
editor, signed by a substantial number of reputable Shakespeare scholars?

Just a thought.

Hannibal

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From: 		David Richman <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 13:57:19 -0500
Subject: 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

This question was solved, once for all, by the great American 
playwright, Charles Ludlum, in his "Stage Blood," one of the very best 
of the Shakespeare spinoffs.  The line, spoken by that play's harried 
stage manager:

"The plays of Shakespeare were not written by Shakespeare, but by 
another playwright of the same name."

David Richman

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From: 		Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 07 Mar 2007 13:01:51 -0800
Subject: 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

Gosh, and I just came around to the theory that Helen Mirren is the real 
Shakespeare.  She's done everything else.

Cheers!
Al

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From: 		Paul E. Doniger <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Wednesday, 7 Mar 2007 15:35:13 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

Can we encourage them to ask us high school teachers, too? I suspect 
that I wouldn't even bother to remain anonymous in revealing our great 
secret. Viva Shakespeare!

Paul E. Doniger

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From: 		Harry Connors <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Thursday, 08 Mar 2007 03:10:56 +0000
Subject: 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

My biggest concern here is the self-selected sample. I suspect that few 
of the randomly selected professors will bother to answer the poll if 
they are of the opinion that Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare. However, if 
they believe fervently that the "real" Bard was a Klingon, then they 
will be sure to make their opinion heard.

Some years ago I read of a nut case who haunted scientific society 
meetings. He had developed a proof of the existence of God that relied 
on numerology as applied to the Bible and astronomy. He proclaimed that 
a rather impressive list of university science faculties had declared 
their inability to disprove his proof. What really happened was that he 
sent the proof to the faculties in question and received not a single 
answer. He took that as their statement that his proof could not be 
disproven.

Harry Connors
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From: 		Anne Cuneo <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Thursday, 8 Mar 2007 14:28:16 +0100
Subject: 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0178 Are you now or have you ever been . . .

One century ago, as the oax was much fresher than it is now, French 
writer Alphonse Allais hit the true answer in one single go:

"Les oeuvres de William Shakespeare ont  

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