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I am interested in developing an argument around the ever expanding Shakespeare's collaborators theory. Does anyone remember, or better yet have a textual citation, on what was the general belief on collaborators before say 1980. My memory is that Pericles was always believed to be written in collaboration. But I don't remember anything else. What used to be the traditional Strafordian belief on collaboration before 1980?

 
 
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Mary Lois Adshead
Mary Lois Adshead What is your opinion of the Oxford Univ. Press including Christopher Marlowe as a collaborator on the Henry plays?
 
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Catherine Hatinguais
Catherine Hatinguais Keir Cutler, one purpose of the theory is clearly obfuscation. On the Wikipedia page dedicated to authorship candidates, the Strats list not only the 7 or 8 people traditionally proposed as being BEHIND the pseudonym "Shake-speare", but the dozens pro...See More
 
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George Blomquist
George Blomquist C.H., I do believe you've hit the nail right on the head, here...my thoughts, exactly...i.e., the "collaboration" theory has only RECENTLY come to the fore because it is the only way the orthodox, Stratfordian (ahem!) scholars can possibly continue to...See More
 
 
 
Bonner Cutting
Bonner Cutting Thanks to Keir Cutler for bringing this up as the Collaboration Theory is taking center stage in orthodoxy these days. A thought: orthodoxy is aware of the deficiencies in the Stratford man's story, and this is a way of buttressing him with lots of he...See More
 
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Catherine Hatinguais
Catherine Hatinguais And why none of these "collaborators" wrote any tribute to Shakspere after his death?
 
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John Shuck
John Shuck There is no evidence, of course. It's like reading an editorial. It's just someone's opinion, and a biased one at that.
 
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Chris Pannell
Chris Pannell There's a review in TOX 19 of the OUP Shakespeare Authorship Companion (2017). The work of orthodoxy in this area is not a pretty sight. https://shakespeareoxfordfellowship.org/radical-new.../
After evaluating the new edition of Shakespeare’s…
SHAKESPEAREOXFORDFELLOWSHIP.ORG
 
 
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Gary Goldstein
Gary Goldstein I think academia is desperate, so they're reducing Shakespeare's genius and artistry by turning the Bard into a group effort. Think of the great translation of the King James Bible, another group effort. But no other discipline in the humanities really...See More
 
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Bonner Cutting
Bonner Cutting To follow up on Gary's excellent post, it's remarkable that academics in other areas -- especially tangential subjects like English Renaissance history -- have not done due diligence here, letting orthodoxy get away with all the "bad facts" in the Stratford story.
 
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