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Hammond Edition of Double Falsehood

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0238  Friday, 12 June 2010

[1]  From:      Clark J. Holloway < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
     Date:      June 10, 2010 9:49:23 PM EDT
     Subj:      RE: SHK 21.0233  Hammond Edition of Double Falsehood

[2]  From:      Peter Holland < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
     Date:      June 11, 2010 4:08:42 AM EDT
     Subj:      RE: SHK 21.0233  Hammond Edition of Double Falsehoo

[3]  From:      Jennifer Lee Carrell < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
     Date:      June 11, 2010 12:32:43 PM EDT
     Subj:      RE: SHK 21.0233  Hammond Edition of Double Falsehood
 

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From:         Clark J. Holloway < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:         June 10, 2010 9:49:23 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0233  Hammond Edition of Double Falsehood
Comment:      RE: SHK 21.0233  Hammond Edition of Double Falsehood

Mr. Rosenbaum's reading of my post regarding his Slate article on <Double Falsehood> appears to be as superficial as his reading of Professor Hammond's masterful introduction to the new Arden edition of the play. At no point did I mention anything about me personally hearing "Shakespearean" elements in any portion of the play, nor did I draw any conclusions as to Shakespeare's involvement in its composition. I merely pointed out that Mr.  Rosenbaum's suggestion that the play was a forgery concocted by Lewis Theobald was fatally flawed.

I'm content to leave the argument of whether or not Shakespeare had a hand in the original play that was the source of <Double Falsehood>, and if so, to what extent his work may remain in what has come down to us, to more qualified individuals. But it is indisputable that Mr. Rosenbaum's argument that the portions of the play that he claims do not sound like Shakespeare are believed to have been originally written by John Fletcher, a point that he seems to be having trouble acknowledging. While I greatly enjoyed Mr.  Rosenbaum's book, "The Shakespeare Wars," I must admit to disappointment with his misguided attack on Theobald and the Arden editors. If any genuine remnant of Shakespeare's voice can be found in <Double Falsehood>, I thank the Arden editors for making it available to a modern audience.

- Clark

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From:         Peter Holland < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:         June 11, 2010 4:08:42 AM EDT
Subject: 21.0233  Hammond Edition of Double Falsehood
Comment:      RE: SHK 21.0233  Hammond Edition of Double Falsehood

Ron Rosenbaum wrote that the decision to publish Hammond's edition as part of the Arden edition " will inevitably diminish the reputation of the publisher and alas, perhaps Shakespeare as well". I am sure that Shakespeare's reputation will survive unharmed. And I, for one, am thoroughly delighted that a major scholarly edition of Double Falsehood is now easily available, an edition fully up to the high scholarly standards one expects of the Arden series. It is a play whose significance needs careful revaluation of the kind Hammond extensively supplies. Arden is also to publish an edition of Edward III, another play whose vexed status in relation to Shakespeare needs further thought, as well as Sir Thomas More. Such editions in their scrupulous scholarship enhance Arden's reputation. Rosenbaum's notion that this represents "an attempt to "monetize" subprime "Shakespearean" goods" only shows that, I am afraid to say, he fails to understand the economics of academic publishing: no-one, least of all Professor Hammond, will grow rich on the profits of this publication.

Peter Holland

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From:         Jennifer Lee Carrell < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Date:         June 11, 2010 12:32:43 PM EDT
Subject: 21.0233  Hammond Edition of Double Falsehood
Comment:      RE: SHK 21.0233  Hammond Edition of Double Falsehood

Clearly, tempers still flare over what Shakespeare wrote and why it matters.  Into this mayhem, I'd like to insert a little light entertainment: my novel on a highly fictionalized version of the story behind Double Falsehood and the lost Cardenio once owned by the King's Men, INTERRED WITH THEIR BONES. 

While my fictional take is deliberately extravagant-and I hope entertainingly so-the stakes and the high flaring emotions of my characters are meant to be recognizable, if extreme versions of the real passions that many of us invest in Shakespeare, from all different angles.

I hope my book might make an amusing (and beach-worthy) sidelight in this fray... though a sidelight that offers inroads into thinking about real questions: why does it matter so much to so many just what Shakespeare wrote, what it means, and even who did the writing?

Jennifer

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