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Book of Sir Thomas More, Various Items
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 110. Thursday, 28 May 1992.
 
From: 		Laura Hayes Burchard <
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Date: 		Wednesday, May 27, 1992, 22:25:36 -0400
Subject:	Book of Sir Thomas More, various items
 
My beloved, but quite ancient, Harrison has a discussion of the scene
in *The Book of Thomas More* in "Hand D" that at the time was thought
likely to be Shakespeare.  The later stuff I've looked at doesn't cite
it, which makes me suspect that it has been discredited in the
interval - but if it hasn't, has anybody taken their computers and
word pattern analyzers to it, and with what result?
 
What collected editions would people recommend to replace the Harrison
(which is suffering from the results of forty years and two
generations of hard use).  I dropped hints last Christmas, and
ended up with a decidedly inferior Doubleday edition.  The fact that
it didn't have the historical data of the Harrison I could live with
but having all notes and obsolete word definitions in the back of the
book instead of the foot of the page is unbearable.  I'd like something
with a great deal of background and textual information that still
remains relatively totable.
 
I'm also looking for a couple of Renaissance Theatre Company items.
Does anybody know if the version of Hamlet they recently did for
BBC Radio Three is going to be released on tape in the US? John
Gielgud, Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Michael Holdern,
Richard Briers, Emma and Sophie Thompson, Michael Williams *and* an
uncut text sounds heavenly. There was also a video made covering
the company's preparations to play Hamlet on stage, called "Discovering
Hamlet," that I'd like to take a look at.  Do any university (or public,
for that matter) libraries in or around DC have it?
 
Laura Burchard
 

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