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Qs: Shakespeare's Library; Taylor/Jowell Argument:
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0489.  Friday, 16 June 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Bob Leslie <
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        Date:   Thursday, 15 Jun 1995 15:31:50 +0100
        Subj:   Shakespeare's library
 
(2)     From:   Michael Friedman <
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        Date:   Thursday, 15 Jun 1995 15:33:07 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Taylor and Jowell's Argument re: *MM*
 
 
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From:           Bob Leslie <
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Date:           Thursday, 15 Jun 1995 15:31:50 +0100
Subject:        Shakespeare's library
 
In trying to trace other literary influences upon Shakespeare, one often ends
up inferring such by reason of his acquaintance with the likes of John Florio
etc. While Florio's library is at least partly catalogued by the man himself in
his *World of Words*, I know little of other libraries which might have been
available to Mr.S. Are there any records regarding his personal book
collection? Is there a catalogue of Southampton's library? Whose copy of
Holinshed did W.S. use? Are there any books extant bearing a scrawled "This
buke hath been stolen from Willum Shagsper"? I confess a personal interest: I'm
part-converting my thesis into a book on *Shakespeare and Italian Renaissance
Comedy* so obviously Shakespeare's personal copy of Boccaccio would be a
somewhat useful find! Any Spanish links would be helpful too (I know about
Cardenio, thanks very much!).
 
                      Bob Leslie
 
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From:           Michael Friedman <
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Date:           Thursday, 15 Jun 1995 15:33:07 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Taylor and Jowell's Argument re: *MM*
 
I have a query for the group.  I just finished the middle section of Gary
Taylor and John Jowett's *Shakespeare Reshaped 1606-1623*, which argues, in a
nutshell, that the Folio version of *Measure for Measure* contains two later
interpolations by hands other than Shakespeare's: 1) the opening 77 or so lines
of 1.2, featuring the banter between Lucio, Mistress Overdone, and the two
gentlemen (probably written by Middleton), and 2) the opening of 4.1 (the
moated grange scene) including the song (by Fletcher) and the rest of the
dialogue until the entrance of Isabella (probably by Webster).  I won't go into
the arguments here, but suffice it to say that there is enough objective
stylistic evidence to make the hypothesis seem disconcertingly possible.
 
My question is, does anyone know of any reviews of this book that have
responded to Taylor and Jowett's analysis of *Measure*'s textual status?  The
1993 SQ Bibliography mentions two newspaper reviews, but I'm wondering if any
scholarly accounts have appeared more recently.  Alternatively, if any of our
textual scholars have comments to offer, I would be interested to hear them.
 
                                                        Thanks in advance,
                                                        Michael Friedman
                                                        University of Scranton
 

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