Hi Neal,Shakespeares's Plays were written by a lot of people. All he did was to claim ownership. Some claimants may be genuine, some not. The first portfolio wasn't writ down until 60 years after his death. There is a whole market out there laying claims to who authored the plays, and various kinds of technology has been employed to try and narrow down and apportion the corpus. Word analysis, phrase analysis, sound analysis, pattern analysis, relationship use of metaphors, similes, rhyme, rhythm and various other forms of expression. Historical knowledge and facts quoted etc...the whole gamut run through computers.
The problem is...that one needs to understand how the play worked in Shakespeares' time. They changed the words every night to reflect new events. They were like talking newspapers, or serial novels. Even the masses went to see his plays, as there was very few other forms of entertainment apart from bawdy houses, tea shops and inns of ill repute. No electricity, no gas and now water in the houses.
Playing to the masses, writing for the masses, writing plays and acting was a continuous process, dependent on the news of the day and joint work from the team players. Shakespeare was a political animal as well as a culture vulture. Just like the subject matter and contents of the threads on this newsgroup, they bear no reality to one another.
I am surprised that some American hasn't laid claim to authorship of his works. The Hollywood Fantasy factory and the Motion Picture Industry appear to lay claim to everything else invented in the world... ;-)
ATB Dougie. On 02/07/14 18:46, Neal Lamb wrote:
Doug, Sounds like a nice time you had over here, across our pond.Have you heard or read about the latest scholarship of your Will Shankspeare? Seems most of his plays were written by an Amelia Bassano Lanier(1569-1645), a Venetian Jewin Lillibeth the firsts (Elizabeth I) Court.There is a great book just out, which I have: Shakespeare's Dark Lady by John Hudson.Hi Neal,Sorry, I don't know what a Charter member is...and I am not a member of Facebook...or Twitter or any other of the "social networks" so i can't get access. Could you explain further to me please?Many years ago, my wife, daughter and myself visited the Smithsonian Institute in New York. We had a wonderful afternoon looking round. Unfortunately our visit was too short. I had won a prize in a competition in the English "Times" which entitled me to a long weekend and stay at a top New York Hotel, adjacent to the Park. Property was cheaper there compared to comparable parts of London, I noticed. Nearly moved over to live...ATB Dougie. On 02/07/14 16:30, Neal Lamb wrote:Doug, I'm a charter member! https://www.facebook.com/NMAAHCOn Wednesday, July 2, 2014 9:26 AM, doug <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx> <mailto:douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:Dear Colleagues, see url: http://www.voltairenet.org/article157821.html I don't know how reliable it is as a resume...one has to make up ones own mind. ATB Dougie.