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Lawrence Gerald <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 6 Jul 1998 01:13:39 +0000
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> Do you agree with Twain's views on Shakespeare?  Or do you think the
> main
> value of his essay on Shakespeare was his tale about his arguments
> with the
> steamboat pilot?

> Vern you missed the boat on this one!
> I agree with Twain's views on Shakespeare found in  his last book, "Is
> Shakespeare Dead?"Twain along with many more astute writers have
> seen  thru  the Stratford illusion to voice their opinion. It's more
> of a common sense  choice  rather than an ingrained sentimental choice
> to realise as Twain did that  Shakespeare did not have the
> circumstances of a celebrated writer even in his  home town of
> Stratford. It took over a 100 years for him to gain a popularity in
> Stratford, thanks in part to an outsider and entrepenuer named David
> Garrick.  Twain used his own celebrityhood as an example of how he was
> fully acknowledged while he was ALIVE  in  Hannibal.  Is Shakespeare
> Dead? is  Mark Twain  writing as a journalist  with a keen eye and not
> afraid to shake his spear at a few "Tragolydites"  including his
> steamboat pilot Ealer. Clemens was  Twain  as Bacon was Shakespeare.

Twain's passion for  Francis Bacon as author of Shakespeare can  be
viewed  in  a letter he dictatedin 1909. See  And for Vern, visit  to get on course.Cheers,Lawrence Gerald

"If we wish to know the force of human genius we should read
Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning, we
may study his commentators." -- Hazlitt

"The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power."-Francis Bacon