It’s that time of the week…

January 20, 2010 at 12:10 am 4 comments

…time for your weekly Clip Show, that is! Here’s this week’s roundup of interesting (relatively speaking) literary news clips!

The Globe and Mail contributes to the long-running Shakespearean Identity Debate by highlighting a recent scholarly article that claims Shakespeare’s works were actually written by Amelia Bassano Lanier, the daughter of a court musician and apparently a secret Jew. Lanier’s name has come up before in relation to Shakespeare, but mostly as a candidate for the subject of the Dark Lady Sonnets, rather than the author of them. As an interesting trivial note, she was also said to be the mistress of Henry Carey, son of Mary Bolyen and possibly Henry VIII.

Speaking of famous dead authors and concealed identities, apparently the Poe Visitor didn’t make his annual trip to old Edgar Allan’s grave this year!

A sad story about the impending death of the slush pile — and with the death of the slush pile comes the death of manuscript readers, so those of you dreaming about starting at the bottom in publishing and working your way up had better come up with a plan B.

And to round off this unintentionally macabre theme, and to celebrate Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer’s engagement, take a look at the coffee table book they created together last year called Who Killed Amanda Palmer! A companion to Palmer’s first solo album, it was self-published in a limited edition and is now a bit of a cult collector’s item. For those of you not lucky enough to snag a copy, here’s a review so you can at least get an idea of what this rather odd book is about.

Until next week, happy reading!


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Corey  |  January 20, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Neil Gaiman is getting married?! Quelle bizarre!

    And, seriously, Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare. Let it go.

    • 2. KT  |  January 20, 2010 at 11:53 am

      I’m beginning to wonder why no one is disputing the authorship of The Canterbury Tales or Le Morte Darthur — why is it always Shakespeare who gets the bad rap?

      And yes, he is! Apparently I am way out of the loop as I didn’t even know they were dating, but there you have it.

  • 3. John Hudson  |  January 20, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    The original academic article is available at the Dark Lady Players website

    • 4. KT  |  January 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks for the link! I look forward to reading your article :)


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