The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0186 Monday, 27 April 2009
From: Steve Roth <
Date: Sunday, 26 Apr 2009 12:48:35 -0700
Subject: William Scott?
The recent portrait kerfuffle reminds me to ask about an earlier Stanley
Wells revelation, the mysteriously cloistered William Scott manuscript
he wrote up in TLS in 2003, which ms (he shared with us in 2005) was
since transferred to the BL.
Has anybody done any work on it? I've searched every so often (Expanded
Academic ASAP, Google Scholar, etc.) with no results. Can't even find it
in the BL catalogues. There are a couple of passing mentions in books
(all quoting from the TLS piece), but that's it as far as I can tell.
Do we know who owned it or anything else about provenance?
Has anyone created a facsimile or transcript? (And/or does anyone have
influence at the BL to move it up in the scanning queue?)
Has anyone written about it at any greater length than the 2003 TLS piece?
Has it suffered the fate of the Dead Sea Scrolls, or Indiana Jones' lost
As Professor Wells said in concluding his article, the work is of
"multifaceted interest to scholars of the literature and language of the
period ... It is a major addition to the considerable corpus of
Elizabethan literary criticism . . . It is to be hoped that his work
will eventually be made available for detailed study in an annotated
*Any* availability for detailed study -- even any discussion -- that
does not require traveling to the BL would be welcome.
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1867 Monday, 14 November 2005
From: Stanley Wells <
Date: Monday, 14 Nov 2005 11:14:33 -0000
Subject: William Scoot
There was correspondence a couple of years ago about my article in the
TLS headed 'Shakespeare's First Serious Critic Revealed' concerning the
unpublished and previously unknown manuscript by William Scott (ca.
1579-ca. 1611) entitled "[The Model] of Poesy or the Art of Poesy drawn
into a short or summary discourse.' It may be of interest that the
manuscript has been bought by the British Library and is now available
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