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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0352  Monday, 22 July 2013

 

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

     Date:         July 19, 2013 5:34:32 PM EDT

     Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Stylometrics 

 

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

     Date:         July 19, 2013 5:54:49 PM EDT

     Subject:     1 Richard II 

 

 

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

Date:         July 19, 2013 5:34:32 PM EDT

Subject:     Re: SHAKSPER: Stylometrics

 

I could only be partial to Dr. Egan’s Thomas of Woodstock ascription. As a non-scholar with little leisure, I won’t give credibility to anyone who protested a 20,000-word limit on a case brief; nor can I engage arguments for a play I find aesthetically negligible. 

 

On the other hand, I don’t agree with everything Larry Weiss writes. Assuming Frampton’s facts check out, I think the Florio article could be taken more seriously than Larry suggests. Words Shakespeare didn’t use in the Quartos appear in F1 -- words in Florio’s diction. F1‘s Epistle Dedicatorie and address to Variety of Readers are also worth investigating—the former a Florio “trademark”, the latter has diction unfamiliar to Shakespeare’s contemporaries but familiar to Florio. (Frampton article is my only source.)

 

I appreciate the composite nature of Early Modern play texts before they go to printers (I read the beginning and conclusion of Stern’s Documents of Performance in Early Modern England.) On that score, Weiss’s objections are valid. But it’s at least fair to propose that Florio was editor/compositor, if not the editor/compositor of F1. 

 

Wouldn’t it be interesting to find out? 

 

Parsing out possible passages Florio inserted is a task for stylometricists, no? Please let us know, stylometricists, if you discover something conclusive. And perhaps someone will let us know whether Epistle Dedicatorie was specific to Florio. 

 

Jed

 

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

Date:         July 19, 2013 5:54:49 PM EDT

Subject:     1 Richard II

 

It must be clear by now to regular readers that Larry Weiss has an unhealthy obsession with me and my work. His latest comment about 1 Richard II is full of straight lies, including the claim that the panel he hurried to set up to evaluate my original argument “was selected in accordance with procedures agreed upon by Egan.” Not so. Not so! I had no say in setting up the panel, and withdrew from the process in part because of this. The story is detailed in my reply to Weiss and Co.’s statement.

 

Secondly, despite Weiss’s characteristic sneer, there are in fact those who do accept my attribution, and the momentum is growing. Many Shakespearean scholars have said so in print, some in passing and others in considerable detail. Not publicly on this listserv, however, because most readers are afraid of Hardy Cook and his willingness to banish or silence. Can you imagine what his classroom must have been like? Cook has long made known his disregard for my case (which of course he has not read in full, like Weiss and his panelists). Listserv readers do write to me privately, however, expressing their support.

 

Michael Egan

 

[Editor’s Note: This is the second time that Dr. Egan has casually thrown around the aspersion that I have banished subscribers. I only time I have threatened this was when subscribers were abusing the rights of other subscribers by sending them unsolicited and unwanted e-mails. Frankly, I am flattered to be attributed so much POWER (yes, shouting) when all I ever aspired to be was an electronic Louis Marder. –Hardy] 

 
 

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