Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 277. Wednesday, 30 Oct 1991.
Subject: Public Domain Projects
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 91 17:48:59 EST
Dear Fellow SHAKSPEReans;
So far, more than a dozen of us have ordered the Oxford Text Archive
versions of the Shakespeare quarto and folio texts, thanks to Lou
Burnard's timely and generous package deal. (Others have indicated an
intention to place their orders soon.) Obviously, this fact
will have some bearing on our recent discussion of a possible
cooperative public domain project (the most active discussion yet held
on SHAKSPER, I might add).
The question begs to be put, so I put it: How many remain interested
in keyboarding, scanning, editing, or collating original electronic
texts to be placed in the public domain? Would you be more interested
in preparing texts of a modern edition, the original quartos and
folios, Shakespearean sources, or Shakespearean contemporaries?
Or does everyone now have affordable access to everything they wanted?
Our time and effort might best be spent on texts which are not yet
available through the Archive: derivative Folios, for example, or
dramatic documents like *Sir Thomas More*, or some of the sources in
Geoffrey Bullough's *Narrative & Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare* (not
from that edition, which is copyrighted, but from originals perhaps).
Elizabethan poetry or drama might also be of general interest and usefulness.
I invite comments and suggestions from interested members. In the
meantime, I continue to assemble available texts in the Public Domain
Texts area of the SHAKSPER Fileserver. Thus far, special thanks are
due to Tom Horton and Hardy Cook, for their PD texts of the Cornmarket
*Comedy of Errors*, *Henry VIII*, and the *Sonnets*. Any members with
other PD texts which might be of interest to SHAKSPEReans, or who are
aware of PD texts elsewhere which might be added to this area, please
let me know.
University of Toronto