Another way to look at it is to ask whether Gascoigne wanted to suggest anyone (but of course maintain plausible deniability). Harvey, Spenser, and Nashe all seem to have flirted with that tactic a few times.
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Subject: Re: clues re: letter appended to Gascoigne's Droome of Doomesday?
Indeed! The Droome is in Gascoigne's later, religio-serious phase, isn't it? But if the initials are anything like those in The Adventures of Master F.J., they're likely an elaborate series of fictional veils. More of Gascoigne's "poses." All Gascoigne, all the time.
On Sun, Mar 7, 2010 at 7:39 AM, David Miller <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>> wrote:
I most certainly do not know, but if the answer turns out to be that it's by Gascoigne himself, I won't be at all surprised. Do let us know, if you find out off-list!
On Mar 7, 2010, at 7:35 AM, Harry Berger Jr wrote:
Maybe Laurie Shannon at Northwestern knows.
On Mar 6, 2010, at 11:03 PM, Julia Staykova wrote:
I am trying to identify the author of a letter appended to Gascoigne's translation of Innocent III's treatise, The droomme of Doomes day (1576). The letter is entitled "A letter wrytten by I. B. vnto his famyliar frende G. P. teaching remedies against the bytternesse of Death." Gascoigne describes it as "an olde letter" in his dedication:
I haue thought good to adde an olde letter which teacheth Remedies against the bitternes of Death. Being perticulerly and yet (in myne opinion) eloquently and well wrytten by the originall aucthour.
The printer simply identifies it as "a private letter" in the table of contents. I am not a Gascoigne scholar; any clues as to who are JB and GP? Was the letter in Gascoigne's private possession? Or was it in wider circulation?
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