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

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'Shakespeare's New Poem: a Scholar's Clues and Conclusions', NYTBR, 15 December 1985, pp. 11 –14, atp. 11.
First-Line Index of Manuscript Poetry in the Bodleian Library, 2 vols. (Oxford, 1969).
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.
William Shakespeare. A Textual Companion, by Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor, with John Jowett and William Montgomery (Oxford, 1987), p. 70.
Donald W. Foster, Letter to the Editor, NYTBR, 19 January 1986, p. 4.
Cf. letters by Donald Foster and Peter Beal, TLS, 24 January 1986, pp. 87–8.
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'.
Joseph Lelyveld, 'A Scholar's Find: Shakespearean Lyric', NYT, 24 November 1985, p. A40.
Simon Freeman, 'Oxford Find May be Lost Shakespeare Love Poem', Sunday Times, 24 November 1985, p. 1.
'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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