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Re: Revenge Plays; Hamlet Q1
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0341.  Sunday, 5 May 1996.

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        Date:   Saturday, 4 May 1996 09:32:58 +0200 (MET DST)
        Subj:   Re: Revenge Plays

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        Date:   Saturday, 4 May 1996 16:44:38 -0700
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From:           Clifford Ronan <
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Date:           Saturday, 4 May 1996 09:32:58 +0200 (MET DST)
Subject:        Re: Revenge Plays

Dear Gareth Euridge,

Have you seen the 1995 *Four Revenge Tragedies* edited by K. E. Maus for Oxford
World Classics.  $10.95, it says.  It includes Spanish Tragedy, Revenger's
Tragedy, Atheist's Tragedy, and Revenge of Bussy D'Amboise.

Cliff Ronan

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From:           Richard J Kennedy <
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Date:           Saturday, 4 May 1996 16:44:38 -0700
Subject:        Hamlet Q1

George Duthie in his book "The 'Bad' Quarto of Hamlet"+, proposes a "reporter"
that patched up a "Hamlet" for the 1603 edition.

"...in the process of memorial reconstuction the reporter has confused similiar
situations in different plays of the same type. Either that, or he has
diliberately borrowed from other plays in reconstructing 'Hamlet'.  [and]  "A
memorial reconstructor, reproducing 'Hamlet' as best he could, has,
diliberately or involuntarily, borrowed passages from other plays altogether,
often setting them down incorrectly since he had only his memory to aid him."

Such as the Duke in Huck Finn.  And such as Hamlet Q1 seems to be taken out of
memory, dreams, performance and sack, thrust upon the world by ambition and
advantage, poor creature advanced before its time.

+Cambridge 1969.  No. VI, "Shakespeare Problems", edited by A.W. Pollard & J.
Dover Wilson.
 

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