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Bard of Avon Origin


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0162  Wednesday, 10 April 2013


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

Date:         April 8, 2013 3:16:43 PM EDT

Subject:     Bard of Avon


A friend pointed me to “Cursory remarks on Mr. Warburton’s new edition of Mr. Pope’s works: Occasioned by that modern commentator’s injurious treatment, ... of the author of the life of Socrates. ... By John Gilbert Cooper, Esq; author of The Life of Socrates” on Google Books (  Searching for “Bard of Avon” will take you to page 28 and the following:


I fuppofe it was upon the fame confcientious Principle, that, during this charitable Delay, he bufied himfelf in making new and revifing his old Notes upon the immortal Bard of Avon; and having carried his victorious Pen fo far as to flatten the Strains of that Son of Imagination, by correcting the original Text


The book is from 1751, so 18 years before the Shakespeare Jubilee.


C. David Frankel

Assistant Director of Theatre

University of South Florida


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