The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0413  Monday, 26 August 2013


From:        Ian Steere <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 25, 2013 5:13:41 AM EDT

Subject:     Shakespeare and Florio Again


In the absence, so far, of any acknowledgement of William Sutton’s recent pointers to Giulia Harding’s articles (dated 14 August and circulated on 22 August), I thought I should register at least one note of appreciation. The links to the articles didn’t work automatically for me, by the way, but I got there with manual replication. 


Some of her inferences are (to my mind) implausible or unsupported on the evidence presented. However, I enjoyed the new insights and, in particular, Harding’s piece on the “Humphrey King” publication (the latter entitled “An Half-pennyworth of Wit in a Pennyworth of Paper - Alias the Hermit’s Tale”). She postulates (citing some intriguing correspondences) that the poem and its accompanying messages represented a riposte by Shakespeare (and his allies) to denigrations by, or attributed to, Thomas Nashe (partly via Greene’s Groatsworth of Wit). Has her theory been developed or tested elsewhere?


Ian Steere.


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