Counterfeiting Shakespeare: Evidence, Authorship and John Fords Funerall Elegye by Brian VickersCounterfeiting Shakespeare: Evidence, Authorship and John Fords Funerall Elegye by Brian Vickers

Counterfeiting Shakespeare: Evidence, Authorship and John Fords Funerall Elegye

byBrian Vickers

Paperback | October 1, 2009

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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.
Title:Counterfeiting Shakespeare: Evidence, Authorship and John Fords Funerall ElegyeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:600 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 1.34 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521120357

ISBN - 13:9780521120357

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Gary Taylor finds a poem; Part I. Donald Foster's 'Shakespearean' Construct: 1. 'W.S.' and the Elegye for William Peter; 2. Parallels? Plagiarisms?; 3. Vocabulary and diction; 4. Grammar: 'the Shakespearean who'; 5. Prosody, punctuation, pause patterns; 6. Rhetoric: 'the Shakespearean hendiadys'; 7. Statistics and inference; 8. A poem 'indistinguishable from Shakespeare'; Part II. John Ford's Funerall Elegye: 9. Ford's writing career: poet, moralist, playwright; 10. Ford and the Elegye's 'Shakespearean diction'; 11. The Funerall Elegye in its Fordian context; Epilogue: the politics of attribution; Appendices: 1. The text of A Funerall Elegye; 2. Verbal parallels between A Funerall Elegye and Ford's poems; 3. Establishing Ford's canon; Bibliography.

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"Vickers...has brought clarity to the old and hotly debated question of Shakespeare's work with co-authors. As a result changes will be made in some future editions of Shakespeare." New York Times Book Review