Might Bad Handwriting Lead To 'Lend Me Your Beers'?
If the 325 lines from Thomas Kyd's play The Spanish Tragedy become accepted as William Shakespeare's work, it will be the first time new work has been added to Shakespeare's canon since Edward III was acknowledged as his in the 1990s.
William Shakespeare was a singular genius who sometimes made that hard to see — or at least read.
The New York Times that modern computer analysis has persuaded scholars that 325 lines in the 1602 edition of Thomas Kyd's play The Spanish Tragedy were truly authored by Shakespeare.
Bard's name was not on the script, but researchers have scoured other
Elizabethan plays for bits and pieces of Shakespeare because he was a
showman who would get called in occasionally to "punch up" a speech or
plot — like a Hollywood script doctor.
Douglas Bruster of the
University of Texas at Austin, who is editor of a forthcoming new
edition of the complete works of Shakespeare that will include those
lines from The Spanish Tragedy, says there's been skepticism about that passage because it seemed to have little of Shakespeare's powerful music or metaphor.
new analysis suggests that the Elizabethan printer may have simply
misread Shakespeare's speech because the Bard was a genius who had poor
Bruster told the Times, "What we've got here isn't bad writing, but bad handwriting."
observation might make you wonder if, over the centuries, scholars were
simply stymied by Shakespeare's quill-and-ink chicken-scratches and
just kind of wrote in something on their own.
What if, for
example, Shakespeare's Marc Antony was mostly thirsty when he began his
funeral oration over Julius Caesar, and Shakespeare actually began,
"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your beers..."
A classic tragedy sounds like a Budweiser spot.
if Shakespeare had Hamlet, woe-struck by the hatred that can hide in
the human heart, including his own, actually greet Rosencrantz and
Guildenstern by remarking, "What a piece of jerk is a man!"
if Shakespeare really wrote that Lady Macbeth looked down at her tunic
after the killing of the King of Scotland that she had inspired and saw
not a splotch of blood, but something on her shoe and said,"Out, damned
knot!" A little less powerful, isn't it?
Shakespeare wrote that Romeo looked up to the balcony of the Capulet
household and actually exclaimed, "But, soft! What light through yonder
window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet looks like she might be a lot
Not the same brilliant image as a beloved who shines like the sun, is it?
And what if two Ps got confused for Bs in the opening lines of Hamlet,
"to be or not to be" — and it turns out that Shakespeare was only
trying to decide what he was going to do during intermission?