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R: Q1 Hamlet Texts for the Stage
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 215.  Monday, 5 April 1993.
 
From:           Steve Urkowitz <
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Date:           Sunday, 04 Apr 93 22:14:42 EDT
Subject: 4.0205  Q: Q1 Hamlet Texts for the Stage
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0205  Q: Q1 Hamlet Texts for the Stage
 
Peter Ayers asks about Q1 texts for performance.  The ugliest ones are direct
photo-reproductions of the 1603 Quarto.  The best for practical script-work in
my opinion is the one in the H.H.Furness New Variorum edition, volume II.  Its
clean typeface will expand nicely in a xerox enlargement, and there are those
very necessary line numbers.  I would warn against Albert Weiner's edition of
Q1 from the 1960s.  Though his introduction wallops the memorial reconstruction
theory hard (and was totally ignored by the editorial community), his text
incorporates aspects of Q2 and F that distort the shape of action and dialogue
from Q 1.
 
 A dozen fresh-baked articles about Q1 appear in Tom Clayton, THE HAMLET FIRST
PUBLISHED (Delaware 1992): tasty bits on casting, staging, history, textual
analysis by a variety of critical practitioners all over the map.  One by me,
too.
                        Enjoy the show!  Steve Urquartowitz
 

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