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Groats-worth of Wit: Greene or Chettle?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0473   Friday, 31 December 2010

From:         Tom Reedy <
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Date:         November 29, 2010 12:25:37 PM EST
Subject:      Groats-worth of Wit: Greene or Chettle?

Why is the attribution to Henry Chettle of Greene's Groatsworth of Witt so 
universally accepted among Shakespeare scholars? John Jowett, Katherine Duncan-
Jones, Brian Vickers, and many others wholeheartedly endorse Warren B. Austin's 1969 
computer-based study, despite the many flaws in its methodology pointed out by 
Richard Westley in his "Computing Error: Reassessing Austin's Study of Groatsworth 
of Wit," _Literary and Linguistic Computing_, 21:3 (2006), pp. 363-78.

As far as I have been able to determine, Westley's paper has never been rebutted or 
even reviewed, and I find his arguments persuasive.

Tom Reedy

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