Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 73. Thursday, 26 Mar 1992.
[Ed. Note: A while back, I posted an announcement on SHAKSPER
for a "Public Domain" text of Shakespeare available free from
Grady Ward. Hardy Cook has obtained a copy via surface mail,
and we have been deliberating about the legalities of posting
it on the SHAKSPER Fileserver, as Mr. Ward seems to invite.
Whoever produced the CD-ROM from which the texts are taken, it
seems unlikely that network availability was what they had in
mind when they declared that the texts were in the public
domain -- I rather suspect they were simply defending their
own position, perhaps because they obtained the text from
another commercial vendor too.
As I indicated in the first place, we can't endorse the
accuracy or legality of the texts -- they are based on a
modern edition of some sort, rather than the original quarto
and folio texts, which are to be the subject of SHAKSPER's own
Public Domain project. In any event, it would seem
that someone has already posted the files for FTP access via
the Internet, as the note below explains. -- k.s.]
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 92 20:32:55 PST
Subject: FYI -- Shakespeare on-line
FYI -- just saw this in the VNEWS.
Subject: Shakespeare via anonymous ftp
Date: 25 Mar 92 04:54:01 GMT
Organization: U of Michigan, Research Systems Unix Group
A few days ago, Grady Ward (
) posted an offer to send The
Unabridged Shakespeare to anyone who could send him disks or $10. Well,
I sent mine, and I've gotten the Works back already. Thanks, Grady.
Just 'cause Shakespeare is such a keen guy, I've put everything that he
did (that I have) up for anonymous ftp on
Except for the poetry, I've split the works into directories and files
(there were just too many sonnets for me to go all the way).
Everything seems to be pretty religiously tabbed, so it's probably
going to be easy to do some nice formatting.