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Upstart Crow
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0435  Tuesday, 3 July 2007

From: 		Elliott Stone <
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Date: 		Monday, 2 Jul 2007 19:06:34 -0500
Subject: Upstart Crow
Comment: 	SHK 18.0382 Upstart Crow

Stanley Wells suggested for a "more recent" study of the authorship of 
Greene's "Groatsworth" an article by John Jowet in the Publications of 
the Bibliography Society of America 87 (1993) pp 453-86. I agree with 
Wells that it is a very thorough study. Mr. Jowett did, however, accept 
the earlier thesis contained in the Shakespeare Newsletter that proved 
by computer analysis that Greene was not the author of "Groatsworth" but 
that it was in fact Henry Chettle.

I would like to add to this that in the Shakespeare Newsletter of 
December 1979 there is a further article on this subject by a Norbet 
Bolz of Cologne Germany. Bolz in this article examines Greene's 
"Repentance" and by computer analysis determines that this work is 
neither by Greene or Chettle but is the writing of some undetermined 
other author!

The upshot of all this is that since almost all we know of Robert Greene 
comes from these two "fake" autobiographies then it must put into doubt 
the facts of all we know or claim to know about Greene. Who was the 
author of these two works and why did he/she choose to have them 
published under the name of Robert Greene?

Elliott H. Stone

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