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Shakespeare the Grain-Dealing Tax Evader

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0220  Monday, 6 May 2013

 

[Editor’s Note: Okay. This is it for this thread. I will publish no more on this topic. –Hardy] 

 

[1] From:        Larry Weiss < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         May 5, 2013 12:22:40 AM EDT

     Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Peer review of Egan treatise 

 

[2] From:        Michael Egan < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         May 5, 2013 1:19:01 PM EDT

     Subject:     Shakespeare Businessman 

 

 

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From:        Larry Weiss < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         May 5, 2013 12:22:40 AM EDT

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Peer review of Egan treatise

 

John Briggs quotes me as saying

  

> Wasn’t the reviewer Eric Sams, who provided both the forward 

> and an essay published in your treatise?

 

And comments

 

>I’m sure Michael Egan will say that you’ve got that backwards . . . 

 

It is sometimes (but not always) difficult to predict what Michael Egan will say. But I am not sure I take your point. Are you saying that perhaps it wasn’t Sams the reviewer who served as contributor to the volumes, but Sams the contributor who acted as reviewer. If so, I can’t see that it matters. It seems commutative to me.

 

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From:        Michael Egan < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         May 5, 2013 1:19:01 PM EDT

Subject:     Shakespeare Businessman

 

There seems little point in continuing this so-called discussion which has, as usual, descended to name-calling and gratuitous sneering. Larry Weiss calls me a whore, the appalling Gabriel Egan once again demonstrates that he doesn’t understand what a variorum edition is, and others unforgivably attack the late Eric Sams for the crime of supporting my attribution to Shakespeare of 1 Richard II

 

We need to remind ourselves where this discussion began and what has given rise to this gratuitous and irrelevant invective. Jayne Archer and her colleagues at Aberystwyth innocently restated what is well-known but underplayed in the traditional accounts of Shakespeare’s life, that the man was apparently a moral and political hypocrite. Squawk as you like, if you maintain that the grain-profiteer and the author of Lear are one and the same man the contradictions are irresolvable.

 

I need to add that Eric Sams is one of the great but unsung scholar-heroes of recent Shakespeare history. Among other accomplishments he single-handedly added Edward III to the canon. He did not quite make his case for Edmond Ironside, in my opinion, but that never interfered with our friendship. Nor did my views on the SAQ get in our way, despite the fact that Sams was aggressively anti-Oxfordian.

 

Sams’ integrity and intellectual honesty is something we can all learn from. The Real Shakespeare is a great book. Yes, he kindly wrote the preface to my edition and contributed an article to its Commentary section. No, he did not peer-review it for Edwin Mellen Press, though I’m glad Larry Weiss now concedes that EMP’s manuscripts are indeed peer-reviewed.

 

Michael Egan

 
 

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