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Re: Whole Text on CD-ROM
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0594.  Sunday, 4 August 1996.

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        Date:   Friday, 2 Aug 1996 16:54:52 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 7.0591  Q: Whole Text on CD-ROM

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        Date:   Friday, 2 Aug 1996 17:57:47 -0400
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        Date:   Friday, 02 Aug 96 15:45:42T
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        Date:   Friday, 2 Aug 1996 14:39:46 -0400 (EDT)
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From:           Frank Whigham <
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Date:           Friday, 2 Aug 1996 16:54:52 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 7.0591  Q: Whole Text on CD-ROM
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0591  Q: Whole Text on CD-ROM

Georgianna,

There's a full-text Windows Shakespeare CD from the World Library, called the
Shakespeare Study Guide, which also includes selected Barron's Book Notes
(useful for checking for plagiarism). The text is primitive (awkward lineation,
etc.), but it does function adequately for many concordance uses. I think it
sells for maybe $40? (I didn't purchase it.)

Hope this helps.

Frank Whigham

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From:           Karen Pirnie <
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Date:           Friday, 2 Aug 1996 17:57:47 -0400
Subject: 7.0591 Q: Whole Text on CD-ROM
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0591 Q: Whole Text on CD-ROM

In reply to Georgianna Ziegler's query, I have a very good CD-ROM for Windows
called "William Shakespeare: The Complete Works on CD-ROM" put out by Andromeda
Interactive. It includes line numbers and textual variants, good introductions,
and notes for the major plays, as well as "study questions" at a good high
school or college freshman level.   It seems to be Taylor and Wells' recent
Oxford text  (the introduction to Pericles refers to their old-spelling
edition), although they are rather shockingly not credited. Perhaps because no
royalties are being paid, the CD cost only $49, as I recall.  If your
conscience permits, Andromeda's phone number is (510) 769-1616.  (I've been
able to assuage guilt with a gift of wine, but Gary would probably accept
donations from colleagues not in Alabama.)

Karen Pirnie
University of Alabama

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Date:           Friday, 02 Aug 96 15:45:42 EDT
Subject: 7.0591  Q: Whole Text on CD-ROM
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0591  Q: Whole Text on CD-ROM

About the Complete Works of Shakespeare on CD-ROM: I have a disk by Creative
Multimedia at 513 NW 13th,Suite 400, Portland, OR 97209.  I have looked through
it and found it useful, but I have not really examined it for its textual
reliability.  It has the plays, poems, and sonnets "in full text."  Missing an
elegy,  of course.  I got it on some special order which I cannot remember--my
copy says "not for individual resale."  The compnay will know how you can get
it.  Good luck.

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Date:           Friday, 2 Aug 1996 14:39:46 -0400 (EDT)
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Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0591  Q: Whole Text on CD-ROM

We've just purchased a CD that contains both Mac and Windows versions of the
Oxford texts. (Apparently the Windows version is a very recent addition.) It's
available from The Writing Company (800-421-4245; email 
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web http://WritingCo.com/Shakespeare).

Karen

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Date:           Saturday, 03 Aug 96 05:35:15 EDT
Subject: 7.0591  Q: Whole Text on CD-ROM
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0591  Q: Whole Text on CD-ROM

Re: Georgianna Ziegler's inquiry about the complete text of Shakespeare on
CD-ROM for Windows.

In fact, there is such a disk, and there has been for years:  "Library of the
Future," 3rd edition, published by World Library.  It contains 1750 titles,
including the complete Shakespeare, complete Greek drama, complete Canterbury
Tales (in modern English). Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes,
other poetry and prose of Milton's.  Complete Arthur Conan Doyle!  Doctor
Faustus.  Complete Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon.  You name it. Altogether, it's
an astonishing array of texts.

The disk is designed to run on either DOS or Windows 3.1, and it does so rather
well.  The search devices work well.  It also includes video clips from film
versions of a dozen or so of the works.  They work fine on Windows 3.1, but
since I have changed to Win 95, they run only in full screen, low resolution
format, and I can't get any sound.  It hardly matters--the video clips are
nothing but  a waste of disk space.

That's the good news.  The bad news is that there is virtually no editorial
information or textual apparatus.  Who edited the Shakespeare texts?  Whose
translation of the Canterbury Tales is this?  Who translated the Greek plays?
Who wrote that long, first-person introduction to his/her translation of
Beowulf?  Is this the A or B text of Faustus?  (It's somebody's edition of A,
but I haven't had occasion to figure out whose.)

But there is some more good news:  it costs $39.95.  The same company also has
a disk dedicated to Shakespeare alone, but I haven't seen it, and I don't know
how much it is.  Compared to disks currently available from other companies, I
imagine it will be relatively free.  I called them to see if they are still in
business, and they are, and promise a 4th edition of Library of the Future this
fall, with 5,000 titles!

Despite its gross deficiencies, I have found this disk extremely useful on many
occasions.

They are in Garden Grove, California, and their phone number is 714-748-7197.

Bill Taylor
Seattle University
 

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