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Home :: Archive :: 1993 :: April ::
Re: Speaking the Verse
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 237.  Wednesday, 14 April 1993.
 
From:           William Proctor Williams <TB0WPW1@NIU.BITNET>
Date:           Monday, 12 Apr 93 20:45 CDT
Subject: 4.0234  Re: Speaking the Verse
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0234  Re: Speaking the Verse
 
What I find amazing about this discussion is the failure to understand the
difference between an actor marking up a script and the poor compositor, and he
was poor relative to the actor or theatre professional. The compositor had to
set a certain number of n's or m's a day to earn his daily bread.  And
remember, they were both professionals.  I doubt that the compositor thought
one instant about breathing, movement, etc. What he thought about was how do I
get this ms line into this type line.  What Hinman and all who have followed
him have shown is that the compositor was a workman trying to get his workday
done in good order.  If you want to see a very detailed investigation of this
look at Judy Rogers'' "The Folio Compositors of +Julius Caesar+: A Quantitative
Analysis" +Analytical & Enumerative Bibliography+  6 (1982) 143-172.  My point
is that the player was a person practising his craft and the compositor was
another person practising his craft.  Neither had other motives. Much of what I
have read in the recent exchanges on this list seem to think that both the
actor and the compositor were early Empsons, Lacans, and Blayneys.  They are
not the same breed of cats.
 
William Proctor Williams
TB0WPW1@NIU
English/Northern Illinois University
 

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