Counterfeiting Shakespeare: Evidence, Authorship, and John Ford's Funerall Elegye

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PROLOGUE. GARY TAYLOR FINDS A POEM
1
'Shakespeare's New Poem: a Scholar's Clues and Conclusions', NYTBR, 15 December 1985, pp. 11 –14, atp. 11.
2
First-Line Index of Manuscript Poetry in the Bodleian Library, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1969).
3
Taylor 1985a, p. 11; 'A New Shakespeare Poem? The Evidence ', TLS, 20 December 1985, pp. 1447–8. Henry Woudhuysen, an authority on English Renaissance manuscripts, discussing Taylor's claim that 'the compiler of a private miscellany has no motive for deliberately lying about the authorship of a poem', objected that 'compilers of miscellanies who put names or initials to the poems they collected were not acting under oath: ascriptions might be added, deleted, or changed for a variety of reasons'. The copyist 'could be making an educated guess, or he could merely be indulging in wishful thinking':Sir Philip Sidney and the Circulation of Manuscripts 1558 – 1640 (Oxford, 1996), p. 160.
4
William Shakespeare. A Textual Companion, by Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor, with John Jowett and William Montgomery (Oxford, 1987), p. 70.
5
Donald W. Foster, Letter to the Editor, NYTBR, 19 January 1986, p. 4.
6
Cf. letters by Donald Foster and Peter Beal, TLS, 24 January 1986, pp. 87–8.
7
A date in the mid-1620s was suggested by Donald W. Foster, '“Shall I Die” Post Mortem: Defining Shakespeare', ShQ, 38 (1987): 58–77, at p. 67; Beal stated that 'the manuscript unquestionably dates from the 1630s', and that 'most of the poems belong to the period 1613–33' (Letter to the Editor, TLS, 3 January 1986, p. 13). I. A. Shapiro, in a letter to the Editor (TLS, 27 December 1985, pp. 1481, 1492), suggested that 'the manuscript must date from 1628 or later'.
8
Joseph Lelyveld, 'A Scholar's Find: Shakespearean Lyric', NYT, 24 November 1985, p. A40.
9
Simon Freeman, 'Oxford Find May be Lost Shakespeare Love Poem', Sunday Times, 24 November 1985, p. 1.
10
'Attribution by Statistics: A Critique of Four Recent Studies', Revue informatique et statistique dans les sciences humaines, 26 (1990): 233–51, at pp. 249–50. The fifth and sixth of Smith's principles are: 'Only works of known authorship

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