The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1421  Tuesday, 30 August 2005

From: 		Al Magary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date: 		Tuesday, 30 Aug 2005 02:13:34 -0700
Subject: 	Brian Vickers in TLS, Wm Niederkorn in NYT

Two articles in the semi-popular press present clashing views of 
Shakespeare, both by way of reviewing recent books.  Brian Vickers' 
article/review in the TLS two weeks ago gets a response today from the 
NYT's resident Oxfordian, William S. Niederkorn:  "Brian Vickers--the 
dean of Shakespeare scholars...--gives a kind of fire-and-brimstone 
academic sermon attacking the Shakespeare-must-have-been-someone-else 

Vickers packs a lot of evidence in a short space, and Niederkorn fires 
shots in all directions (including the latest edition of The Oxford 
Shakespeare, for including a scene from Sir Thomas More).  Curiously, 
their conclusions make the same point:

Vickers:  "[Scott] McCrea recognizes that, despite his subtitle, 'there 
can never be an end to the Authorship Question', a depressing prospect..."

Niederkorn:  "On both sides of the authorship controversy, the arguments 
are conjectural...Meanwhile, and it could be a very long meanwhile, 
perhaps an eternal meanwhile, things will continue as they are.  Or 
perhaps not. What if authorship studies were made part of the standard 
Shakespeare curriculum?"

Vickers' "Why Not Shakespeare?" is still online at 
http://www.the-tls.co.uk/this_week/story.aspx?story_id=2111727  He reviews:
--Peter Dawkins, _The Shakespeare Enigma_
--Alex Jack, ed., _Hamlet, by Christopher Marlowe and William 
Shakespeare_ [!]
--Richard Malim, ed., _Great Oxford:  Essays on the Life and Works of 
Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford_
--Scott McCrea, _The Case for Shakespeare: The end of the Authorship 

Some of these titles may only be available in the UK at the moment.

(Note to Firefox users:  In both regular and print views, Vickers' 
article breaks off in the middle of the sixth paragraph; in fact, it 
goes on for another 14 paragraphs, and may be viewed in full using 
Internet Explorer.)

Niederkorn's article, with the amazingly one-sided headline, "The 
Shakespeare Code, and Other Fanciful Ideas From the Traditional Camp," 
is available for another week or so: 
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/30/books/30shak.html  He lightly reviews:
--James Shapiro, _1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare_
--Stephen Greenblatt, _Will in the World_ (now in paperback)
--Clare Asquith, _Shadowplay: The Hidden Beliefs and Coded Politics of 
William Shakespeare_
--Mark Anderson, _'Shakespeare' by Another Name: The Life of Edward de 
Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man Who Was Shakespeare_

If anyone can't access either or both of these articles, please email me.

Al Magary

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