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The Will
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0749  Tuesday, 6 November 2007

From:		Larry Weiss <
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Date:		Thursday, 01 Nov 2007 13:32:47 -0500
Subject: 18.0735 The Will
Comment:	Re: SHK 18.0735 The Will

 >Does anybody think it is possible that the text of the
 >Last Will and Testament is Shakespeare's handwriting?

Charles Hamilton certainly thought so and even concluded that 
Shakespeare had suffered a stroke between the initial composition and 
the revisions. I find this imaginative but unpersuasive. The will's 
context makes it highly improbable that it is anything other than a law 
clerk's or scrivener's copy. But, if you are interested, you can get a 
copy of Hamilton's book in which he contends that The Second Maiden's 
Tragedy in the lost Cardenio.

[Editor's Note: Greenblatt presented what appears to be his travelling 
Cardenio show at the Blackfriars Conference. Afterwards, I asked Rebecca 
(high school freshman) what she thought of the paper. She responded, "I 
didn't understand ALL of it," to which I replied "Neither did about 97% 
of those present."]

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