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That without which passeth show
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0613  Friday, 18 December 2009

From:       Joseph Egert <
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Date:       Wednesday, 16 Dec 2009 13:21:51 -0800 (PST)
Subject:    That without which passeth show

Just out and handsomely mounted, THE SHAKESPEARE ENCYCLOPEDIA (A. D. 
Cousins, Editor) cannot decide inside its covers what Shakespeare looked 
like. Its 'Canonical Works' section by James Loehlin reproduces a 
reduced First Folio title page Droeshout portrait (p 23), "believed to 
be a good likeness, since it would have been approved by his fellow 
players." Yet its 'Shakespeare the Man' section by Margaret McPhee 
offers reduced photos (p 21) of the Chandos and Cobbe portraits, 
concluding, "We cannot be sure, however, exactly what Shakespeare looked 
like."

The cover, however, has rendered its verdict:

http://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Encyclopedia-Complete-Guide-Works/dp/1554074797#reader_1554074797

Congratulations, Dr Wells!

Joe Egert

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