Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0467. Monday, 24 June 1996.
Date: Friday, 21 Jun 1996 10:31:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 7.0370 The SHAKSPER Advisory Board
Comment: Re: SHK 7.0370 The SHAKSPER Advisory Board
Due to a long desired sabbatical I will be offline for some months, so wish to
say how much I have enjoyed the past year, learning, chatting, and crossing
swords with the listmembers of SHAKSPER. I think it far and away the most
interesting venue on the internet that I have experienced. I have taken note of
the newly appointed members of the board and their books, and intend to read as
many of them as I can. I am sure that this will be a marvelous education in
current thinking about Shakespeare.
In parting I have one request. Please give the authorship question some
breathing room. If you are in a position whereby you can encourage or
discourage discussion and particularly research, please adopt the noble policy
"let me not be an obstacle." If you yourself think the question of no value,
please allow those who do to follow up on their ideas. I know of one highly
placed and frequently published academic who will admit to a strong interest in
Oxford's candidacy, but who assures us that to mention it would be career
suicide. I know of a brilliant student who never got a grade lower than a B
plus in anything, who got a C in a theater class due to a paper promoting the
authorship of Oxford. There are many such stories. I do not know for a fact
that the Earl of Oxford wrote the Shakespeare canon, but I do know that unless
and until paid researchers who are open to the possibility begin to seek out
answers to the many anomalies, questions and confusions that have given rise to
the authorship issue, it will never go away.
Thanks to the many listmembers who have sparred with me, offered me so
graciously information I sought, and who have encouraged me privately. And
thanks Hardy and all who keep this list going. I know it's a lot of work.
P.S. I will send my new mailing address to SNL as soon as I know what it is.