The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0613 Friday, 18 December 2009
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
The cover, however, has rendered its verdict:
Congratulations, Dr Wells!
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