The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0473 Friday, 31 December 2010
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.
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