The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1895 Friday, 6 October 2000.
Date: Friday, 6 Oct 2000 09:20:52 -0400
Subject: Help Tracking Down a Passage
I wonder if members of the list could help me track down a critical
passage I recall reading but can't seem to put my finger on again. It
was a comment about occupations/professions that readers through the
ages have been sure Shakespeare practiced. The passage either took the
form of a simple list--"Various readers have claimed that Shakespeare
must have been a lawyer, a soldier, a sailor . . . "--or a slightly more
complex list: "Lawyers who have read him have been sure that he
practiced law, soldiers that he was a military man, sailors that he had
spent time on the sea . . ." The point that the author of the passage
was making, if I recall correctly, had to do with Shakespeare's
vocabulary: that his command of even the technical terminology of
various walks of life was so great as to give the impression that he
must have been a practitioner of all of those fields.
My sense is that the passage I'm looking for appears in some basic
resource on Shakespeare. I thought, for instance, that it might be from
the general introduction to one of the complete works editions, but I've
looked there to no avail. Can anyone help?
Thanks in advance.