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Date: 5/6/2002 8:04:32 AM Central Daylight Time<BR>
From: Fenyx3204<BR>
To: Triad3204<BR>
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Am amusing and enlightening piece from Sarah in England. Probably nothing new to
you but on the chance . . . <BR>
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Date: 5/3/2002 3:50:08 AM Central Daylight Time<BR>
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101336.2336@compuserve.com (Sarah J. Mason)<BR>
Sender: 101336.2336@compuserve.com (Sarah J. Mason)<BR>
To: Fenyx3204@aol.com (Gail)<BR>
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On Mon, 29 Apr 2002, <snip> wrote:<BR>
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<<"What a great collection of knowledgeable opinions and comments this<BR>
Shakespeare thing has brought us!<BR>
<BR>
<<"Now here's the mystery question that just occurred to me: who started<BR>
the<BR>
rumor that Will didn't write his stuff? And why, do you suppose?">><BR>
....====....<BR>
<BR>
I don't exactly know who started the rumor that Shakespeare was not the<BR>
author of the Shakespeare plays; it seems to have been fairly current among<BR>
the literati of the late 1700s and late 1800s. Nearly all of them were<BR>
University educated (that is, Oxford / Cambridge / Harvard / Yale]. Every<BR>
one of them was therefore steeped to the marrow in literary snobbery. I<BR>
<BR>
know; I've been in the academic literary loop myself.<BR>
<BR>
As to WHY the rumor was started, I can show a collection of quotes,<BR>
gathered<BR>
into one site by Penn Leary, who adheres to the Sir Francis Bacon theory:<BR>
<BR>
<http://home.att.net/~tleary/><BR>
<BR>
<<Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: "As long as the question is of talent and<BR>
mental power, the world of men has not his equal to show... The Egyptian<BR>
verdict of the Shakespeare societies comes to mind that he was a jovial<BR>
actor and manager. I cannot marry this fact to his verse." [Joviality, good<BR>
management, and acting, you see, must be fatal to writing ability--sk].<BR>
<BR>
<<John Greenleaf Whittier said, "Whether Bacon wrote the wonderful plays or<BR>
not, I am quite sure the man Shakspere neither did nor could." [Why an<BR>
English grammar [that is, Latin grammar] school education does not fit a<BR>
gifted man to write in a genre he'd been acting in, working in, and<BR>
probably<BR>
thinking in for ten years, Whittier doesn't say--sk].<BR>
<BR>
<<James M. Barrie put it more whimsically: "I know not, sir, whether Bacon<BR>
wrote the works of Shakespeare, but if he did not it seems to me that he<BR>
missed the opportunity of his lifetime." [You gotta love Barrie, a<BR>
dramatist<BR>
himself. Leary does not tell us why this quote from Barrie implies that<BR>
Shakespeare was not a dramatist; only that the Shakespeare plays were<BR>
really<BR>
good stuff--sk].<BR>
<BR>
<<Samuel Taylor Coleridge said, "Ask your own hearts, ask your own common<BR>
sense, to conceive the possibility of the author of the Plays being the<BR>
anomalous, the wild, the irregular genius of our daily criticism. What! are<BR>
we to have miracles in sport? Does God choose idiots by whom to convey<BR>
divine truths to man?" [It is not clear just why Coleridge calls<BR>
Shakespeare<BR>
an idiot; Shakespeare did very well for himself in his life, unless it is<BR>
because WS didn't go to Coleridge's school--sk].<BR>
<BR>
Notice that the men quoted here are about as fine a collection of<BR>
intellectual snobbery as could be read at one sitting without tossing the<BR>
book away in disgust.<BR>
<BR>
The main reason WHY they could not stomach the idea that the son of a<BR>
Stratford alderman and glove-maker might write poetry and drama is that HE<BR>
NEVER WENT TO COLLEGE!<BR>
<BR>
And they, of course, did.<BR>
<BR>
Then, too, WS was an actor. There is never any explanation of why being an<BR>
actor is imcompatible with writing drama; nor even a theory as to why being<BR>
a mediocre actor is more incompatible with writing successful drama than<BR>
being a Star would be.<BR>
<BR>
These opinions are supported by:<BR>
<BR>
(1) the fact that WS's whole life is not historically documented;<BR>
(2) the fact that WS received only a grammar school education--which, by<BR>
the<BR>
way, was for a writer of drama and poetry far superior to most modern<BR>
American MA curricula;<BR>
(3) the fact that WS was a bit of a hellion in his younger days;<BR>
(4) the fact that WS was an actor;<BR>
(5) the fact that WS was not a Star;<BR>
and, as Mark Twain says,<BR>
(6) the fact that the newspapers of the day did not make a fuss when WS<BR>
died<BR>
[Twain was actually not a University man; thus, he apparently was unaware<BR>
that what passed for newspapers in the 1620s did not provide coverage of<BR>
deaths among the middle classes, especialy the deaths of men who wrote<BR>
plays].<BR>
<BR>
Cryptography, which played a considerable number of roles in early 1900s<BR>
mysteries (there! I'm on topic), is Penn Leary's subject on the above site,<BR>
and if it is not also his passion, then Penn Leary is a man of considerable<BR>
parts indeed.<BR>
<BR>
Leary posts an elaborate essay to prove that certain cyphers exist<BR>
throughout the Shakespeare oeuvre, proving that Bacon must have been the<BR>
one<BR>
who wrote the works of Shakespeare, including many faily bizarre ways to<BR>
spell "Bacon".<BR>
<BR>
Why on earth Sir Francis would be so coy about taking credit for the<BR>
sonnets<BR>
and the long poems, and where Bacon came by the theatrical experience to<BR>
make the dialogue and action do the work of scenery, lighting, and special<BR>
effects, Leary doesn't say, perhaps because that is not the focus of the<BR>
essay; perhaps because these are not questions that would occur to a<BR>
passionate cryptologist.<BR>
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