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Home :: Archive :: 1994 :: July ::
New Folger Editions; Qs: Washington, DC, and WT & Oth.
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0641.  Thursday, 28 July 1994.
 
(1)     From:   Tad Davis <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 26 Jul 1994 21:31:55 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   New Folger Shakespeare
 
(2)     From:   Jung Jimmy <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 27 Jul 94 09:13:00 edt
        Subj:   Washington/Winter Tale, Othello
 
 
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From:           Tad Davis <
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Date:           Tuesday, 26 Jul 1994 21:31:55 -0400 (EDT)
Subject:        New Folger Shakespeare
 
I know I've done this before, but I feel the need to do it again. Those who are
embarrassed by cheerleading should read no further.
 
Speaking strictly as an amateur -- I'm a programmer at Penn, with no connection
to either the English department or the Furness collection (much to my
chagrin)... anyway, as an amateur, I want to express my appreciation to Barbara
Mowat and Paul Werstine for the work they've done on the New Folger
Shakespeare. The text is interesting, with a clear rationale and not too
radical a departure, and with a creative solution to the Folio/Quarto problem
for several of the plays; the notes are informative and accessible; the
illustrations are great; and the annotated bibliographies are a treat.
 
I now have all the available volumes to date except "The Tempest." I'll pick
that one up this week or next. I'm also collecting the new Oxford editions, and
take great pleasure wallowing in the notes there; but when I want to read the
plays for enjoyment, the Folger is the one I find myself turning to again and
again.
 
     Tad Davis
     
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From:           Jung Jimmy <
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Date:           Wednesday, 27 Jul 94 09:13:00 edt
Subject:        Washington/Winter Tale, Othello
 
Two questions about Shakespeare resources in the Washington, DC, area and one
thought about Winter's Tale and Othello.
 
Washington:
1.  Do any of the local libraries have any of the Multimedia /Hypermedia
    Shakespeare applications that they will let folks use?  (e.g., Best's
    Shakespeare's Life and Times, Mullin's Our Shakespeare, Schafer's Macbeth)
 
2.  Do any of the local bookstores stock the Oxford or Cambridge editions?
 
Othello/Winter's Tale:
 
While I'm sure comparisons between the two plays abound, yesterday it occurred
to me that, if we move from Othello to The Winter's Tale, we could consider the
male characters as merging, while the female characters come apart.  Leontes
could be considered a combination of Othello's tragic concern for his honor and
Iago's irrational malice, while Desdemona is the angelic Hermione, but also the
pushy Paulina (especially with regard to her lobbying on Cassio's behalf).
[This actually started when I was trying to decide if Desdemona could share any
of the blame for the tragic conclusion. The only fault I could find was her
suit for Cassio, and that's hardly enough to implicate her.]  I'm not sure any
of this holds up if you look at it too long, but I thought I'd let the list
chew on it.
 
thanks      jimmy
 

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