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Shakespeare E-Texts
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 29. Wednesday, 30 Jan 1991.
 
(1)   Date:   Wed, 30 Jan 91 11:10:15 EST                    (28 lines)
      From:   Nicholas Ranson <R1NR@AKRONVM>
      Subject:      Re: SHK 2.0027  Machine-Readable Shakespeare Texts
 
(2)   Date:         Wed, 30 Jan 91 22:08:17 EST              (44 lines)
      From:         Ken Steele <
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      Subject:      Shakespeare E-Texts
 
(3)   Date:   Wed, 30 Jan 91 14:12:51 EST                    (32 lines)
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      Subject:      Re: SHK 2.0027  Machine-Readable Shakespeare Texts
 
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Date:   Wed, 30 Jan 91 11:10:15 EST
From:   Nicholas Ranson <R1NR@AKRONVM>
Subject: 2.0027  Machine-Readable Shakespeare Texts
Comment:      Re: SHK 2.0027  Machine-Readable Shakespeare Texts
 
For Steve, 5 avenues:
 
1) The Riverside Shakespeare is on disk, done by ETC corp under the
name WordCruncher.  It is a concordance, but text can be "clipped"
and put on another disk as a DOS file, then printed out.  Alternatively,
you can PRINT screen; it will give lines, scenes, even acts and the
whole play.
 
2) The Oxford Shakespeare is also on disk and I suspect it can be used
the same way.
 
3) Ken Steele is working himself on some cleaned up versions of this
text?  [See my note below. KS]
 
4) Individual texts of the plays are available through Oxford U Archives
 
5) There is one popular commercial enterprise which offers about 20 of
the most popular plays, but the edition it uses I don't know.  Prices
are about $195-295 for the complete plays, I think.  I can send when I
get to my office addresses of Riverside and Oxford if no one gets to
you faster than that.
 
Cheers. NR
 
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Date:         Wed, 30 Jan 91 22:08:17 EST
From:         Ken Steele <
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Subject:      Shakespeare E-Texts
 
I must make the distinction between several varieties of Oxford texts
of Shakespeare.  (And you thought the distinction between the Collected
Works Old Spelling, Collected Works Modern Spelling, Textual Companion,
Compact Edition, and the individual edited volumes was confusing!)
 
Oxford University Press offers an electronic version of OUP's Complete
Works - Modern Spelling through OUP's Electronic Publishing division
(the same department which handles the Oxford English Dictionary on
CD-ROM).  So far there are no plans to release the Complete Works -
Old Spelling or the Textual Companion electronically.
 
Completely different are the texts offered by the Oxford University
Computing Services Text Archive.  These are texts of the original
quartos and folios, as entered by T.H. Howard-Hill in the early
1960s for the generation of his Oxford Old-Spelling Concordances to
Shakespeare.  These texts are available only under stringent contract
with the OUCS Archive, at the cost of mainframe tapes on which they
are stored.  These Quarto and Folio texts are the ones which I was
editing here at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, and which
are ultimately behind the SHAKSPER Quarto/Folio Textbase (see your
SHAKSPER GUIDE for further details).  I am no longer working on these
(I do have a thesis to write, after all...) and they are available
only through the OUCS Archive (see the information file on the SHAKSPER
Fileserver for details on ordering, and other text files available in
this way).
 
Just to add a new level of complexity to it all, Stanley Wells and
Gary Taylor apparently began the process of editing the Complete Works
by working from Howard-Hill's files -- they stripped codes, and saved
themselves the typing.  So in some sense, the texts are related -- but
there the connection ends between the OUP version and the OUCS version.
 
Incidentally, I also believe that there are more than one set of play
texts marketed under the moniker of "Shakespeare On Disk" -- one is
here in Ontario, based on the Stratford, Ontario, Festival's
published texts (which are seriously cut and reflect performance,
not an edition).
 
                                                Ken Steele
                                                University of Toronto
 
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Date:   Wed, 30 Jan 91 14:12:51 EST
From:   "Michael S. Hart" <
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Subject: 2.0027  Machine-Readable Shakespeare Texts
Comment:      Re: SHK 2.0027  Machine-Readable Shakespeare Texts
 
There is an academic discount from $300 to $160 for the complete works
on CD, probably the same price on floppies for the WordCruncher/Riverside.
 
Also for $300 is the Shakespeare on Disk, which is not only pure pure
ascii text files, but also includes a license for all STUDENTS at any
academic institution which purchases ONE copy.  Faculty and staff have
to buy their own copies.
 
Project Gutenberg will be releasing Shareware copies of the complete
works at a future date, and would appreciate proofreading, editing, etc.
from SHAKSPEReans.
 
Thank you for your interest,
 
Michael S. Hart, Director, Project Gutenberg
 
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