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Recent Wall Street Journal Article
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0174  Tuesday, 21 April 2009

From:       Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:       Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Subject:    Recent Wall Street Journal Article

I have received several submissions regarding the recent _Wall Street 
Journal_ article about the pronouncements of Supreme Court Justice John 
Paul Stevens and the attitudes of other Supreme Court justices about 
authorship issues:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123998633934729551.html

The first authorship posting on SHAKSPER that I cannot find appeared on 
February 27, 1991: an announcement by Mike Ellwood of a BBC radio 
program that claimed that the scroll the Shakespeare figure on the 
statue in Westminster Abbey is holding contains a cipher that Francis 
Bacon was the author. After a few sporadic posts on the matter, we had, 
throughout 1994, a heated discussion of authorship. I called a halt to 
such discussions on December 27, 1994. Anyone interested in reading a 
record of these debates should consult the SHAKSPER archives and see my 
essay in the Winter 2008 Special Issue -- Shakespeare and Information 
Technology -- in College Literature: http://www.collegeliterature.org/

Frankly, I am not interested in the so-called authorship problem because 
I do not see it as a problem but rather as a wish fulfillment fantasy of 
conspiracy advocates who simply cannot accept irrefutable evidence and 
who do not adhere to the generally-accepted methods of scholarly argument.

I write all of the above as a reminder that SHAKSPER is not the place 
for discussions of so-called authorship matters and I will continue not 
to mount either overt or covert posts on the subject.

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