Letter:Bogus bard

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The Independent Online
Sir: In claiming that Shakespeare wrote Acts I, III, IV and V of Edward III, Dr Eric Sams ("Much ado over 'new work' by the Bard", 6 August) has effectively dismissed my most recently published stylometric evidence that Shakespeare in the main wrote only Act II, that the play represents the work of two authors, and that at least two adjacent "scenes" are likely to be the work of the playwright who wrote Tamburlaine the Great. These findings do not essentially conflict with the received opinions of most literary scholars regarding the authorship of the play.

THOMAS MERRIAM

Basingstoke, Hampshire

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