The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0749 Tuesday, 6 November 2007
Date: Thursday, 01 Nov 2007 13:32:47 -0500
Subject: 18.0735 The Will
Comment: Re: SHK 18.0735 The Will
>Does anybody think it is possible that the text of the
>Last Will and Testament is Shakespeare's handwriting?
Charles Hamilton certainly thought so and even concluded that
Shakespeare had suffered a stroke between the initial composition and
the revisions. I find this imaginative but unpersuasive. The will's
context makes it highly improbable that it is anything other than a law
clerk's or scrivener's copy. But, if you are interested, you can get a
copy of Hamilton's book in which he contends that The Second Maiden's
Tragedy in the lost Cardenio.
[Editor's Note: Greenblatt presented what appears to be his travelling
Cardenio show at the Blackfriars Conference. Afterwards, I asked Rebecca
(high school freshman) what she thought of the paper. She responded, "I
didn't understand ALL of it," to which I replied "Neither did about 97%
of those present."]
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