Counterfeiting' Shakespeare: Evidence, Authorship and John by Brian Vickers

By Brian Vickers

Brian Vickers addresses the elemental problems with what Shakespeare truly wrote, and the way this can be decided. lately Shakespeare's authorship has been claimed for 2 poems, the lyric "Shall I die?" and A Funerall Elegye. those attributions were authorised into yes significant variants of Shakespeare's works. via a brand new exam of the proof, Professor Vickers exhibits that neither poem has the stylistic and innovative traits we go along with Shakespeare. He identifies the poet and dramatist John Ford because the genuine writer of the Elegye.

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The failure to observe these basic methodological principles, Byrne complained, had led several scholars astray, in particular H. Dugdale Sykes, who had claimed to identify Henry Chettle’s authorship of several plays on wholly inadequate grounds (pp. –). Byrne showed that allegedly individual words and metaphors in Chettle’s work were frequently found in Shakespeare, thus the so-called parallels were ‘either cancelled by the negative test’ or were so reduced in significance as to be ‘practically valueless’ (p.

But it can also be seriously misleading, since at least three possible explanations for such parallels can be given.  Scholars citing verbal parallels hope to achieve the first of those goals, but all too often they only establish an instance of imitation or coincidence. As every scholar knows, within the short-lived and intensely focussed evolution of Elizabethan drama, some plays – Tamburlaine, The Spanish Tragedy, Hamlet, say – had a remarkable impact on actors and dramatists, and were frequently echoed, sometimes unknowingly, at other times by a deliberate allusion.

Smiles . . L. )  Prologue. Gary Taylor finds a poem – bear . . ) – beauty . . )  dreams . . ; of love); ‘poor shadow . . , ; of the Queen)  love . . )  gold tresses: ‘golden tresses’ (Sonnet )  fair (as a noun, meaning ‘fairness, beauty’): eleven times in Shakespeare – forehead fair . .  – Star . . eyes . . twinkle . . cheeks: ‘Two of the fairest stars in all the heaven . . do entreat her eyes / To twinkle in their spheres till they return .

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