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First Folios; Actors on Shakespeare; Best Essays
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 172. Wednesday, 19 Jun 1991.
 
(1)	Date: 	Mon, 17 Jun 91 23:33 EDT
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	Subj: 	First folios
 
(2)	Date:   Wed, 19 Jun 1991 8:52:48 EDT
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	Subj: 	[The Actors' Perspective on Shakespeare]
	
(3)	Date: 	Wed, 19 Jun 91 13:34 EST
	From: 	Anthony Arnove <SAA9517@OBERLIN.BITNET>
	Subj: 	Query re: Shakespeare
 
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Date: 		Mon, 17 Jun 91 23:33 EDT
From: 		Liam Quin <
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Subject: 	First folios
 
I have a facsimile First Folio that was fairly cheap second-hand in
Toronto.  It was edited by Helge Ko:keritz, with an introduction by
C. T. Prouty, pub. Yale University Press (New Haven) and
Oxford University Press, London [sic!] 1954, 1955
 
The Third printing was much cheaper than the others because it used offset
lithography and came out black-and white rather than trying to reproduce
all the blemishes exactly with colour or grey-scale printing.  It's reduced
by one fifth, but has substantial margins and is on solid paper.  The
editor says that this is so you can write in the margin...
 
On the subject of First Folios in existence, aren't most of them all
having a communal tea-party at the Folger Shakespeare Memorial Library
in Washington?  Henry Clay Folger collected some 79 or 80 copies all by
himself in order to make comparisons.
 
					Liam
 
					
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Date:    	Wed, 19 Jun 1991 8:52:48 EDT
From: 		Ann Miller <
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Subject: 	[The Actors' Perspective on Shakespeare]
 
[...]
 
I also have some books to suggest you might look at for actors talking
about Shakespeare.  I have more, in case this isn't adequate.  It is
a special interest of mine.  Please feel free to post to the list if
you think anyone else would be interested.
 
Barton, John  *Playing Shakespeare*  London, New York: Methuen, 1984.
     Mostly about acting Shakespeare, does have many comments
     from the actors involved.  Video series also available.
 
Gaines, Robert A.  *John Neville takes command*  Stratford, Ont.:
     William Street Press, 1984.
     Discusses a season at Stratford, includes accounts of
     rehearsals and comments from the actors, directors and designers
     on their parts in the productions.
 
Olivier, Laurence  *On acting*  New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986.
     Part two pp. 76-189 is on his Shakespearean roles.
 
Quinn, Edward ed.  *Shakespeare Hour: a companion to the PBS-TV
     series*  New York & Scarborough, Ont.: New American Library, 1985.
     Two essays on each play, many written by English actors.
 
Rutter, Carol Chillington  *Clamorous voices: Shakespeare's women
     today* edited by Faith Evans.  New York: Routledge, 1989.
     Interviews with Sinead Cusack, Paola Dionisotti, Fiona Shaw,
     Juliet Stevenson and Harriet Walter.  This is one of the few
     places I have found women discussing their Shakesperean roles.
 
Sher, Anthony  *Year of the king: an actor's diary and sketchbook*
     London: Methuen; New York: Limelight eds., 1985, 1987.
     The year is the year Mr. Sher played Richard III.
     Interesting not only for its Shakespeare content but as a
     portrait of an actor and his life.
 
As someone has pointed out on the list, there is little older material
in this area.  But then I haven't gotten back that far in my research
yet.
 
Hope you find this helpful.
 
Ann
 
 
	[Many thanks!  You've just reminded me of a few books buried
	somewhere on my shelves, as well as a few others I really
	should find...  -- k.s.]
 
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	[The following query is reproduced from the HUMANIST
	Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0159. Wednesday, 19 Jun 1991.
	I have sent Mr. Arnove an invitation to join us, but he is not
	currently a SHAKSPERean.  If your reply might be of interest
	to us all, please forward a copy to both SHAKSPER and Mr.
	Arnove.  -- ks.]
 
Date: 		Wed, 19 Jun 91 13:34 EST
From: 		Anthony Arnove <SAA9517@OBERLIN.BITNET>
Subject: 	Query re: Shakespeare
 
I am currently seeking help in identifying essays (or excerpts from
longer works) on HAMLET, KING LEAR, and OTHELLO that
 
1. would be interesting, useful, accessible, and challenging to
   undergraduates
 
2. and that draw on more recent approaches in literary theory (e.g.
   feminism, cultural materialism, deconstruction, hermeneutics, etc).
 
But basically I would be interested in locating the "best" essays
written on each of these plays in the last ten or twenty years (from
your perspective) that could reasonably be assigned to undergraduates
who are new to the plays.
 
Please send any suggestions to:
 
Anthony Arnove
saa9517@oberlin.bitnet
 
I greatly appreciate your help.
 

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