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Re: Norton Shakespeare; Riverside Milton
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.0542.  Wednesday, 7 May 1997.

[1]     From:   C. David Frankel <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 6 May 1997 23:42:01 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0540  Qs: Riverside Milton; Norton Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Roy Flannagan <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 07 May 1997 06:12:53 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0540  Qs: Riverside Milton; Norton Shakespeare

[3]     From:   Christine Mack Gordon <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 7 May 1997 09:53:06 CST6CDT
        Subj:   SHK 8.0540  Qs: Norton Shakespeare

[4]     From:   James Marino <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 07 May 1997 09:31:40 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0540  Q:Norton Shakespeare

[5]     From:   Mary Jane Miller <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 7 May 1997 15:26:40 -0400
        Subj:   Norton Shakespeare


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From:           C. David Frankel <
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Date:           Tuesday, 6 May 1997 23:42:01 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 8.0540  Qs: Riverside Milton; Norton Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0540  Qs: Riverside Milton; Norton Shakespeare

I've received a copy of the Norton Shakespeare.  Although it looks very
impressive, I think it suffers (as do the other Norton Anthologies) from
the very thin paper that reveals the print on the page underneath and
makes every not one writes in the margin visible from the obverse.

I haven't played with the CD-ROM yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

cdf

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From:           Roy Flannagan <
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Date:           Wednesday, 07 May 1997 06:12:53 -0400
Subject: 8.0540  Qs: Riverside Milton; Norton Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0540  Qs: Riverside Milton; Norton Shakespeare

I am sure many people will answer the question about the Norton
Shakespeare: it is out (mine was still shrink-wrapped but it is now out
of its wrap and in my lap, so I know it exists).  It comes with a CD-ROM
demo disc of the Mark Rose Shakespeare Workshop; it is about the size of
the Norton Anthology of English Lit, vol. 1; it is illustrated with many
B/W cuts; and it has a Shakespeare Genealogy (kings and queens) in its
endpapers.

As for the Riverside Milton, it is due out for MLA this year.  I know,
because I am its editor, frantically trying to get a draft done by late
July so that pages can be counted and an index generated between July
and October.  The book will be roughly the size of the Riverside
Chaucer, about 1200-1300 pages, and it will be designed to be as useful
as Merritt Hughes's old Odyssey Press edition, with wide margins for
notes.  Texts will be old-spelling texts, mimicking the look of the
original printed and manuscript versions, when that is possible within
the modern page format.  There will be marginal definitions and
footnotes; annotation will acknowledge the huge mass of scholarship done
in the last thirty years (as well as all previous scholarship) in
head-notes and footnotes. A chronology will be provided in the
endpapers, and there should be a color cover and a number of B/W
illustrations.  For general methodology and appearance, take a look at
my <italic>Paradise Lost</italic>, edited originally for Macmillan and
now published by Prentice-Hall.

I would be happy to try to answer any quick questions about the edition.

Best wishes,
Roy Flannagan
Ohio University

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From:           Christine Mack Gordon <
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 May 1997 09:53:06 CST6CDT
Subject: Qs: Norton Shakespeare
Comment:        SHK 8.0540  Qs: Norton Shakespeare

Desk copies of the Norton Shakespeare arrived at the University of
Minnesota English Department in early April; I have not seen it in any
bookstores yet. And regarding the subtext/character discussion: thanks
to Cary Mazer for his eloquent description of the personation of
character, something I had the opportunity to experience during a
workshop and which I encourage all scholars to try; it will be harder
after such an experience to imagine characters as merely rhetorical
constructs, even if your name is Terry Hawkes.  --Chris Gordon

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From:           James Marino <
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Date:           Wednesday, 07 May 1997 09:31:40 -0600
Subject: 8.0540  Q:Norton Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0540  Q:Norton Shakespeare

The Norton may not be in bookstores yet, but I've had an examination
copy for about a month, had students evaluate it, and have ordered it.
Aside from the pedagogical apparatus, which is painstaking and
user-friendly, the students liked the price; it is not only electronic
media which price themselves outside a student's budget.  I like the
interleaved Q1 and F1 editing of Lear, and the inclusion of a conflated
edition following. I also have the demo of Mark Rose's Workshop CD but
have not looked at it. Is there a review of the complete CD somewhere?

Regards
James

[Editor's Note: I plan to review the CD for SHAKSPER and *The
Shakespeare Newsletter* as soon as it is available.  -HMC]

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From:           Mary Jane Miller <
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Date:           Wednesday, 7 May 1997 15:26:40 -0400
Subject:        Norton Shakespeare

I have a desk copy and the sampler for the CD which is quite
impressive.  Given price and the potential of the CD - and the fact that
Riverside didn't tell me they had a new edition going ( I found out by
accident after the book order went in), along with my colleagues in
English  I've switched to the Norton. The paper is lighter, the print
pretty small,( but not for young eyes of undergrads) and the apparatus,
inclusions and articles are very useful.

Mary Jane Miller
Dept. of Film Studies, Dramatic and Visual Arts
Brock University
 

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