[ ADMIN : For some reason I cannot access any of the key articles about this breaking topic, even though it’s all over my newsfeeds. I’ll try to update this post with pointers when I figure out what the problem is. ]
When I go on vacation, I like to seek out used bookstores. When I find those, I like to seek out Shakespeare books. I recently found a 100yr old Venus and Adonis that I have to get around to blogging more about.
But once I saw Edward III, by William Shakespeare. “Odd,” I thought, “Shakespeare never wrote an Edward III.”
According to today’s news, that’s half right. A researcher claims, with the help of his computers, that Shakespeare worked with Thomas Kyd to write this play.
I want to see the original articles because I want to see how frequently people are saying “did write” and how often they’re saying “may have written.” Because if it’s the latter, well then, didn’t we already know that? And haven’t we proven nothing? May have also implies may not have, after all.
But if it’s pitched as conclusive prove, definitely did, then I think that’s just silly. No amount of textual analysis is going to *prove* anything. It’s going to raise your confidence higher, perhaps so high as to be indistinguishable from proof, but that still doesn’t make it proof.
More info on the story when I get some links to work.