Thursday, January 2, 2014
Have We Finally Found the "Lost" Shakespeare?
When William Shakespeare’s friends and fellow actors and authors published his collected plays in 1623, 7 years after the Bard shuffled off this mortal coil, that book, now known as the First Folio, established what was and was not to be officially “Shakespeare.” Yet, as with any other great artist, Shakespeare left us wanting more. The search for “lost” Shakespeare has spanned centuries, spilling plenty of critical ink along the way. William Shakespeare & Others: Collaborative Plays, edited by Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, uses the
latest computer technology
paired with old school critical connoisseurship not to end the debate
once and for all, but to cooly lay out all the arguments free of the
heat of Bardology beside the very texts in question. If there truly is
“lost” Shakespeare waiting to be found, it awaits somewhere in these
pages. And if these works be the stuff of Shakespeare, play on. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Have We Finally Found the 'Lost' Shakespeare?"