What does “writ new” mean here?

"Instead of endorsing more obvious candidates like Sir Francis Bacon or the Earl of Oxford, Surtees was drawn to a more cosmopolitan individual, someone with naval and battlefield experience, a back‑ ground in law, trade, diplomacy and ‘the habits and the ways, the customs, dresses, manners, laws of almost every known nation’ ... and someone obsessed with naming his characters ‘Antonio’ So, Surtees asked triumphantly, ‘What is Antonio everywhere but Anthony “writ new”?’ As far as Surtees was concerned, the answer to the authorship controversy was obvious: ‘Anthony Sherley and no other was he who wrote these plays.’"

3 Answers

  • Zapata
    Lv 6
    3 months ago
    Favorite Answer

    Here, it is used to suggest that there is an amusing dichotomy between the fact that Anthony Sherley was clearly fond of using the name Antonio in his own writing, yet there was controversy over the idea that  those writings were the work of someone with a similar, Anglicized version of that name. 

  • RP
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    In this instance, writ new means written in a different way.

  • 3 months ago

    Written in a "new" way. 

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