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Re: Hamlet Q1
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0365.  Monday, 13 May 1996.

(1)     From:   Harry Hill <
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        Date:   Saturday, 11 May 1996 11:17:03 +0000 (HELP)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0361  Re: Hamlet Q1

(2)     From:   Bernice W. Kliman <
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        Date:   Sunday, 12 May 1996 11:12:52 -0400 (EDT)
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From:           Harry Hill <
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Date:           Saturday, 11 May 1996 11:17:03 +0000 (HELP)
Subject: 7.0361  Re: Hamlet Q1
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0361  Re: Hamlet Q1

G.I Duthie, author of "The `Bad' Quarto of Hamlet", was my Shakespeare
professor at Aberdeen; in his narrow, clipped, only slightly North-East-tinged
cadences, he would read from *Hamlet* rather romantically, making it sound a
bit like Wordsworth on an especially philosophical day. The effect was always
special, as he was embarrassed to read [Dover Wilson had told him he had a tin
ear] and never took the Woodbine from his lips, not even to flick the ash which
would drop on the lapels of his academic gown to be smudged by the hand that
wasn't holding the text.

We were unfortunate witnesses to the beginnings of his breakdown, which
involved his feeling that he was casting his pearls before swine; lectures were
prepared with much fine sherry, so he was seldom subdued. A brilliant man,
whose way of hammering home gently the concept of fivine right was to start his
*Henry IV* class with the sentence, "Ladies and gentlemen: there is a BAD king
ruling England".

        Harry Hill
        Montreal

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Date:           Sunday, 12 May 1996 11:12:52 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 7.0361  Re: Hamlet Q1
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0361  Re: Hamlet Q1

Those interested in Q1 will want to get Kathleen Irace's well-thought out
edition of Q1 (forthcoming from Cambridge UP). Irace also has an essay in
Clayton's book.

Bernice W. Kliman
 

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