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

by Brian Vickers

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Pages: 600
Paperback
ISBN: 9780521120357






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

Brian Vickers addresses the fundamental issues of what Shakespeare actually wrote, and how this is determined. In recent years Shakespeare's authorship has been claimed for two poems, the lyric "Shall I die?" and A Funerall Elegye. These attributions have been accepted into certain major editions of Shakespeare's works. Through a new examination of the evidence, Professor Vickers shows that neither poem has the stylistic and imaginative qualities we associate with Shakespeare. He identifies the poet and dramatist John Ford as the actual author of the Elegye.

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

Vickers examines authorship claims for two poems, finding neither to be the work of Shakespeare.

About the Author, Brian Vickers

Brian Vickers is Professor of English Literature, and Director of the Centre for Renaissance Studies at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich. He is a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. His publications on Shakespeare include The Artistry of Shakespeare's Prose (1968, 1979); a six-volume collection of early Shakespeare criticism, Shakespeare: the Critical Heritage, 1623-1801 (1974-1981, 1996); Returning to Shakespeare (1989); and Appropriating Shakespeare. Contemporary Critical Quarrels (1993).

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