The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0936  Wednesday, 14 May 2003

From:           Martin Steward <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 13 May 2003 16:56:46 +0100
Subject: Re: King John, Titus, Peele
Comment:        SHK 14.0927 Re: King John, Titus, Peele

"It's impossible for me to believe that Jonson, Heminge and Condell
would have bothered to put together a book of Shakespeare's plays if
they did not believe him to be the sole author", writes Jim Carroll.

And, one might add, especially Jonson, who executed many acts of
excision and revision in order to make his own folio Workes (1616)
completely his own.

Furthermore, the point about not blotting lines is not "Romantic
Shakespeare", as Jonathan Bate calls it, but also Jonsonian. And it was
not meant as a compliment to a Romantic genius, but as a suggested
criticism of a rival who did not expend the same amount of studious
effort on his "poems" as Jonson did. Why should Jonson have chosen to
criticize/mock Shakespeare in this way, if the easier option of pointing
to the limitations of Shakespeare's "collaborative composition" was open
to him? After all, Jonson himself agonized over the necessity that had
forced him into hack-work collaboration and revision for Henslowe in the
1590s - he clearly had little respect for this method of producing
drama. And the course of his later collaboration with Inigo Jones speaks
for itself.


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