Stephen Moorer of Carmel, California enlightened Martin Samuel on the use of “equivocation” in Macbeth and other errors in Samuel’s anti-Oxfordian commentary, “Sorry, it’s true. The Bard WAS a mere Brummie” that appeared yesterday (Nov. 28, 2009) in the Daily Mail .
In his comment on Samuel’s essay, Moorer said, “Please Mr. Samuel, don’t be so “clever” that you simply rely on old-hat arguments that no longer hold water!”
London’s Heward Wilkinson also weighed in on the side of the angels, and a charming Brummie (a person from Birmingham, according to SOS’s The Oxfordian editor, Richard Egan) offered Brumdignian translations of Shakespearean titles — have you seen the delightful comedy, “A lot o’ fuss about nowt”?
Samuel, the columnist, explained his desire to explode the Oxfordian thesis in terms of potential crimes against Westminster, thus:
Still, back to Looney and Spear-Shaker, because if we do not resist this nonsense we will end up in the same foolish position as the Dean of Westminster. He has placed a question mark next to the date of death on the memorial to Christopher Marlowe at Poets’ Corner in order to appease the nutters who think he wrote the Bard’s 37 plays and 154 sonnets.
Ah, the perils of literary politics.
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