Shakespeare, Computers, and the Mystery of Authorship

 
9780511605437: Shakespeare, Computers, and the Mystery of Authorship

In this book Craig, Kinney and their collaborators confront the main unsolved mysteries in Shakespeare's canon through computer analysis of Shakespeare's and other writers' styles. In some cases their analysis confirms the current scholarly consensus, bringing long-standing questions to something like a final resolution. In other areas the book provides more surprising conclusions: that Shakespeare wrote the 1602 additions to The Spanish Tragedy, for example, and that Marlowe along with Shakespeare was a collaborator on Henry VI, Parts 1 and 2. The methods used are more wholeheartedly statistical, and computationally more intensive, than any that have yet been applied to Shakespeare studies. The book also reveals how word patterns help create a characteristic personal style. In tackling traditional problems with the aid of the processing power of the computer, harnessed through computer science, and drawing upon large amounts of data, the book is an exemplar of the new domain of digital humanities.

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Review of the hardback: ' … Shakespeare, Computers, and the Mystery of Authorship deserves to become a landmark in its field. Not least, it establishes Shakespeare co-authorship on firm grounds.' Notes and Queries

Review of the hardback: '… takes us into a world where probabilities are assessed with mathematical accuracy. … Despite the measured and cautious style with which the computational evidence is presented, there is plenty more excitement in this book.' The Book Collector

Review of the hardback: 'Shakespeare, Computers, and the Mystery of Authorship is an ambitious study, impressive in scope, and copiously illustrated with more than seventy tables and figures. The authors' aim of identifying an 'authorial fingerprint', mysteriously unique to a single writer, largely resistant to the passage of time or the constraints of genre, is appealing.' The Times Literary Supplement

'It may contribute to the most exciting, and enduringly important, Shakespeare scholarship of our time …' Gary Taylor, University of Newcastle

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Using a computer-assisted analysis of style, this study addresses the vexed question about what Shakespeare did and did not write. Through close linguistic study, the authors show that Shakespeare worked in collaboration with other writers on a number of plays inside and outside what is generally accepted as his canon.

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