Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 40. Friday, 21 Feb 1992.
Date: Friday February 21, 1992
Subject: Introducing SHAKSPER's New Co-Editor
Dear Fellow SHAKSPEReans;
SHAKSPER has seen a lot of growth in its first nineteen months: in
July 1990, we had a dozen members and a handful of files on the
Fileserver; now we have 241 members and 122 files, and we're still
receiving an average of three new member inquiries a day! Many of you
have probably noticed the increasing lag time between posting a note
to SHAKSPER and seeing it distributed; my time has become increasingly
crowded and the manual editing and formatting of submissions has had
to be squeezed in between inquiries, publicity, preparation of files,
and handling the many addressing errors the multiple networks
inevitably generate (not to mention "real" work!). In the past few months
this situation has become acutely uncomfortable, prompting a private
plea for assistance and, thankfully, a willing volunteer.
This is all prologue to my happy task of introducing you to the new
Co-Editor of SHAKSPER, Hardy M. Cook. Hardy is Associate Professor of
English at Bowie State University in Maryland, where he has taught for the
past fifteen years. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland at
College Park, where his dissertation, "Reading Shakespeare on Television,"
was directed by Maynard Mack, Jr. He has published articles on Shakespeare
and on adapting Shakespeare to the television medium. He is a member
of the Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Modern Language
Association, Shakespeare Association of America, International Shakespeare
Association, National Council of Teachers of English, Malone Society,
English Renaissance Text Society, and is a reader at the Folger Shakespeare
Library. Hardy was recently appointed contributing editor of *The
Shakespeare Newsletter*. With federal grant money, he has established a
state-of-the-art computer-supported writing facility at Bowie State,
and for several months he has been the driving force behind the
SHAKSPER Public Domain Shakespeare project, for which he has already edited
the Sonnets and plans to work with volunteers to scan, edit,
and tag the entire corpus of Shakespeare in its original quarto and folio
his Co-editorship by taking charge of the SHAKSPER Fileserver.
Numerous file revisions and routine maintenance operations have been
left undone over the past few months, and there are no complete
instruction manuals, so Hardy's work will be cut out for him, and I
trust you won't overwhelm him with complicated requests for help all
at once. Until the division of labour has become stabilized, feel
free to address editorial queries as you always have; we will forward
appropriate requests as necessary.
I personally welcome Hardy to SHAKSPER with a sense of relief and
eager anticipation, knowing that the conference's on-line resources
will grow at a much greater rate under his eye than they could
with my divided attention. Hopefully you will also experience the
relief as communications accelerate, discussion flourishes, and a
second editorial presence brings a new perspective to SHAKSPER.
University of Toronto