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Re: Last Lines of Lear
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 8.0002.  Thursday, 2 January 1997.

From:           Gabriel Egan <
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Date:           Tuesday, 17 Dec 1996 17:36:26 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: 7.0952  Re: Last Lines of Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 7.0952  Re: Last Lines of Lear

I know I risk causing great offence, but...

Porter Jamison comments

> I once read that Albany was assigned the lines [at the end of
> King Lear] by some editors because he was
> the character onstage with the highest rank-- so many of Shakespeare's plays,
> and all of the other tragedies (as per my memory anyway) follow this general
> convention.

There is a complex editorial situation concerning the multiple early texts of
the King Lear plays. Some on this list (eg Steve Urkowitz) have researched and
published on this subject. Others, clearly, have only an amateur interest. Are
we really still a viable conversing community?

Michael Saenger raised this a while ago, and was lambasted for doing so. My
comments at the time resulted in one list member attempting to engage me in
off-list communication even after I made it clear this was not welcome. (S/he
sent increasingly unpleasant comments after I declined the offer to converse
off-list).

I don't accept the argument that I can DELete messages I don't want, since I
have to read them first. A really crude filter would be to have my email reader
trash anything not from academic sites (ie *.edu or *.ac.*) but that would lose
stuff from academics who also have private accounts.

Shakespeare Newsletter Spring 1996 announces the SHAKSPER Advisory Board which
has, amongst its stated purposes, "determining the appropriateness of certain
postings". Is the posting I quoted appropriate to this list? If it is, I shall
quietly leave since SHAKSPER is no longer the list I joined.

Gabriel Egan
 

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