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Re: Works; Windows; BBC; Rooky/Roaky
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1184.  Friday, 21 November 1997.

[1]     From:   Milla Riggio <
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        Date:   Thursday, 20 Nov 1997 09:16:10 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.1169  Re: Arden Editions

[2]     From:   Walter Golman <
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        Date:   Thursday, 20 Nov 1997 08:46:11 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   "Widows" in Literature, as noted in SHK 8.1173

[3]     From:   Tanya Gough <
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        Date:   Thursday, 20 Nov 1997 09:39:32 -0500
        Subj:   BBC Petition Results

[4]     From:   John Velz <
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        Date:   Thursday, 20 Nov 1997 15:17:14 -0600 (CST)
        Subj:   Roaky/Rooky


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From:           Milla Riggio <
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Date:           Thursday, 20 Nov 1997 09:16:10 -0400
Subject: 8.1169  Re: Arden Editions
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.1169  Re: Arden Editions

On the question of Sh. editions:

The TEACHING SHAKESPEARE THROUGH PERFORMANCE volume in the pipeline from
the MLA will have a section evaluating whole and single volume
Shakespeare editions for the classroom when it emerges next year,
building on Thompson.

A side note:  for some of us the Riverside Edition was the CROSS we had
to bear when it was being duplicated and put into electronic formats and
relied on and all such else.  I never thought it attained canonical
status in itself!
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Milla Riggio

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From:           Walter Golman <
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Date:           Thursday, 20 Nov 1997 08:46:11 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Literature, as noted in SHK 8.1173
Comment:        "Widows" in Literature, as noted in SHK 8.1173

Jean Peterson's comment about the traits attributed mockingly to widows
in Elizabethan literature brings to mind the acerbic comment by Ambrose
Bierce, whose definition of "Widow" in his "Devil's Dictionary," runs as
follows: "A pathetic figure that the Christian world has agreed to take
humorously, although Christ's tenderness towards widows was one of the
most marked features of his character." Cruelty to widows, of course,
predates Elizabethan times and continues to this day in a variety of
societies.

Walter Golman, Silver Spring, Maryland

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From:           Tanya Gough <
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Date:           Thursday, 20 Nov 1997 09:39:32 -0500
Subject:        BBC Petition Results

Well, I'm back from my hectic and not-nearly-long-enough trip to NYC, so
here's the scoop on BBC:

The Beeb and CBS-Fox have had an arrangement for some time now to
release BBC titles - some of the CBS-Fox people have been receptive to
discussions about releasing Shakespeare titles, but others have been
hesitant, so the general discussion has been floundering for some time.
Laura Palmer, the Beeb's video distribution manager, graciously gave me
an hour of her time.  She will be compiling a "request count" by the end
of this month and promises to keep me current on the proceedings.  My
feeling on the matter is that they will probably start releasing titles
next year - one or two at a time.  Derek Jacobi's Hamlet is a strong
contender for the first batch, as is John Cleese's Taming (remember we
are dealing with Hollywood mentality here - star power counts).  We'll
keep plugging away until the whole set is out.

Thanks for all your support and voluminous responses.  If you care to
send additional requests to the BBC, please feel free to do so.  I will
forward everything I get.

Yours,
Tanya Gough

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From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Thursday, 20 Nov 1997 15:17:14 -0600 (CST)
Subject:        Roaky/Rooky

The reason Crosby doubted "the rooky wood" is that a crow and a rook are
in general speech the same thing.  I think, as Perez Rizvi does, that
*roaky* in its sense of smokey is the primary meaning and that *rooky*
is a characteristically allusive pun of secondary but real significance.

Perez Rizvi speaks of *beetles* as a verb (in *Hamlet*, not *Othello*).
W.A. Armstrong discusses this word in *Shakespeare's Imagination* 1946,
pp.  18-19.  Rooky is also suggested to be roaky p. 19n. Crosby's
identification 75 yrs. earlier could not have been known to Armstrong,
as the Crosby letters were in uncatalogued ms. (in Folger Shakespeare
Library) from 1921 until 1975, first pubd. in 1986.  Crosby was a great
student of Sh's language, the more remarkably in that he was working
before the OED was available.  He might be of interest to Perez Rizvi as
he works on peculiar neologisms in Sh.  Frances Teague and I edited the
ms., or rather 27% of it, for the Folger Shakespeare Library, in
collaboration with Associated University Presses, 1986 under title *One
Touch of Shakespeare: Letters of Joseph Crosby to Joseph Parker Norris
1875-1878*.  There is a detailed index to the book, and another in the
Folger Reading Room to the whole ms.  Anyone interested in Shakespeare's
language could do well to chk the index in the reading room.  The Folger
owns a microfilm of the ms. as well as the ms. itself.  The hand is
easily legible.

To P.R.: Good Luck, which is to say, Good Hunting.

John W. Velz
 

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