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"As if a Man Were Author of Himself"

Alternative title
Shakespeare and Marlowe: Attributing ‘Henry VI’ Authorship
Synopsis
Podcast from the Folger Shakespeare Library. In 2016 Oxford University Press caused some controversy deciding that, in the New Oxford Shakespeare, the plays Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3 would no longer be listed as having been written by Shakespeare alone. Instead the title pages will say: "By William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe." Advances in computer science have enabled scholars to find, with much greater certainty, the fingerprints that we think tell us definitively who wrote which plays and even who wrote which acts within the plays, throwing open the idea that Shakespeare was a solo genius in charge of it all. Guests are Folger Director Michael Witmore and Eric Rasmussen, chair of the English department at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 1987 Rasmussen edited all three of the Henry VI plays, which were published as part of Arden Shakespeare series. They are interviewed by Barbara Bogaev.
Series
Shakespeare Unlimited
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Audio
Recording date
21 Feb 2017
Duration
35 mins

Credits

Producer
Richard Paul
Contributor
Barbara Bogaev; Eric Rasmussen; Michael Witmore

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Henry VI part 1; Henry VI part 2; Henry VI part 3
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Authorship

Notes

Notes
Podcast: http://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-unlimited-episode-67 (accessed 02/2017).
Textual information
Transcript available for download.

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-unlimited/christopher-marlowe-attribution-henry-vi

Production Company

Name

R.L. Paul Productions

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