The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0097 Thursday, 2 March 2006
Date: Wednesday, 1 Mar 2006 17:22:06 -0500
Subject: 17.0085 Authentication Article
Comment: Re: SHK 17.0085 Authentication Article
>Mr. Kennedy was certainly the first one to debunk Prof. Foster's claim
>that the "Elegy By W.S." was not our William Shakespeare.
I wasn't aware of this. What I was aware of was that Kennedy early on
opposed the attribution, then was later the first to advance Ford as the
author--but with very little foundation other than his view that
Shakespeare could not have written a poem as bad as Kennedy thought the
Elegy. I believe others were first to argue that Ford wrote the elegy
with what I'd call scholarly arguments. By the way, has anyone yet
determined what the initials, "W.S.," were doing on the poem's title-page?
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