Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 213. Sunday, 6 September 1992.
From: Nicholas Ranson <
Date: Saturday, Sept. 5, 1992, 17:42:50 EDT
Subject: 3.0209 Re: Cheap Advice
Comment: Re: SHK 3.0209 Re: Cheap Advice
[In response to Steve Urkowitz's "Cheap Advice" to Larry Schwartz,
> . . . A cry out into the used book marketplace should be able to turn up a
>copy of the Hinman Facsimile or even one of the notoriously "fixed up"
>Koekeritz facsimiles of a few decades earlier. But in no way can you consider
>the Oxford Old Spelling Complete Works as a viable substitute. Well, maybe in
>some ways. But it just looks, feels, and reads so different, so often, that to
>me at least it's a whole different vegetable. At the risk of being
>repetitious, let me say again that the juggling done with the "multiple text
>plays," especially the Henry Sixes, repeatedly demonstrates that the editors
>had theatrical tin ears, and the rhythmic and visual codes found in the Oxford
>Henry Sixes produce painfully inferior music if compared to either the quarto
>or Folio versions.
>As for the other modern set of single-play editions, I like David Bevington's,
>except that too many of the plays appear only bound up with others. If your
>library's bindery can deal with that, Bevington offers consistently strong
>introductions and listings of very recent criticism. The Signets do have the
>advantage of printing a lot of criticism right in the volumes themselves.
>Barbara Mowat and Paul Werstine are newy editing the Folger series, announced
>for August '92 but not yet in my corner newstand.
>But I'd not give up my Hinman for a wilderness of monkeys.
Nicholas Ranson writes, ]