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Brian Boyd, ed. Words That Count: Essays on Early Modern Authorship in Honor of MacDonald P. Jackson.
Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press/AUP, 2004. 292 pp. index. illus. tbls. bibl. $45. ISBN: 0-87413-868-X.
This volume testifies to the delight MacDonald Jackson takes in counting words, and the affection and respect he has inspired in colleagues. In 1965, before computers, electronic concordances, and searchable databases, Jackson argued, based on painstaking statistical analysis, that Shakespeare was the author of A Lover's Complaint (Kenneth Muir had come to the same conclusion independently in 1964). Since then he has rigorously and sensibly analyzed texts by counting words and phrases, testing hypotheses about single authorship and collaboration. Several essays in this collection …