Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 426. Tuesday, 13 July 1993.
Date: Tuesday, 13 Jul 93 04:21:45 -0700
Re the queries of Hardy Cook and Tom Horton: Charles Hamilton is
apparently a highly regarded handwriting expert of longstanding
reputation, but his previous work on Shakespeare hasn't produced much
agreement. One of his claims of five or six years ago, for example,
was that Shakespeare was murdered -- by poison, if I remember rightly.
I've forgotten the name of his book on Shakespeare (it's in my office,
and I'm on summer vacation in another town), but it was pub. in the
'80s, by Scribners as I recall, went to paperback, and is still in
print. Tom is right in saying that the early-breaking journalism is
a bit odd: my inference from its words is that Hamilton has identified
a BL MS. as "Cardenio" which is untitled there, known to scholars, and
not thought of Shakespearean quality by them. We'll all know in a week
or so, anyway, if there's much indication that this is anything
interesting or just another bust. Hope springs eternal.
p.s.: Hi, Tom Horton. Maybe, if you strain hard, you'll remember me
from Edinburgh ten years ago, where I'd gone to learn what all you
literary statistics guys were up to. I remember you fondly.