Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 1010. Saturday, 17 December 1994.
Date: Thursday, 15 Dec 1994 08:55:39 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Free Basing
I wonder whether anybody else in the group has been making use of the various
etext sources around the net. For a while now, I've been running around to
various gophers and ftp sites and acquiring texts for a home computer data base
of the literature contemporary to Shakespeare's period.
Right now I have on the hard drive of my home computer the Complete Works of
Shakespeare, almost all of Milton, Marlowe, Jonson, Spenser, Sidney, the King
James Bible, lots of assorted stuff from others like Green, Daniel, Erasmus,
More, Hobbes, Donne. I've also acquired a lot of the ancient and philosophical
texts important to the period: from Aristotle, Plutarch, etc.
These I have set up in my word processor, Nota Bene, which is particularly
useful in creating databases. It allows me to do word searches, text sorting
-- and they've just sent me a new upgrade program that lets me build
Is everybody else doing stuff like this too? I'm interested in discussing
ideas about it. Probably, this list is not the place to do so, but I thought
it might be a good place to start.