The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 22.0301 Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Date: November 15, 2011 12:33:57 AM EST
Subject: Re: SHAKSPER: Thomas of Woodstock
>>Michael Egan wrote, in passing:
>>I have promises to keep, among them a new Complete
>>Shakespeare—for the first time, really complete, with
>>the likeliest "apocryphal" plays printed alongside their
>>First Folio counterparts, e.g. The Taming of a Shrew
>>and The Taming of the Shrew, The Troublesome Reign
>>and King John, etc.
>>BTW, I am looking for Introducers/Editors, so if any readers
>>would like to offer their talents I'll be glad to receive them.
>>You may propose one play or a group of plays.
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I am stunned by Al Magary's childish response to my passing request for editors. Is his suggestion that a collection of Shakespeare plays, together with their early versions, is an unscholarly joke?
In the meantime, while this listserv gives space to mental infants like Magary, try publishing a serious discussion about, shall we say, Anonymous, or a comment that actually has something supportive to say about my thesis that Shakespeare wrote 1 Richard II. In the words of one recent private correspondent:
“I am not allowed on SHAKSPER [...but...] I think your answers have been remarkably cool, calm and correct in spite of the snarling and sniping critics on Shaksper. I can feel the heartfelt love of Shakespeare and confidence you have in your analysis of Thomas of Woodcock. Thanks for your analysis and patience with some of their Shakscribers. I am making every effort reading TOW and from your posts, while studying your analysis. Keep up the good work, Michael.”
I can’t help recalling Atty Joe Welch’s famous remark to Sen Joseph McCarthy, June 9, 1954: “You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”