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Re: Beaumont and Fletcher
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0543  Thursday, 25 March 1999.

[1]     From:   Drew Whitehead <
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        Date:   Friday, 26 Mar 1999 09:18:30 +1000 (GMT+1000)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0531 Beaumont and Fletcher

[2]     From:   David Kathman <
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        Date:   Thursday, 25 Mar 1999 19:59:37 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0531 Beaumont and Fletcher


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From:           Drew Whitehead <
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Date:           Friday, 26 Mar 1999 09:18:30 +1000 (GMT+1000)
Subject: 10.0531 Beaumont and Fletcher
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0531 Beaumont and Fletcher

>Does anyone on this list know of a cheap paperback edition of Beaumont
>and Fletcher plays, something like an Oxford World Classics edition or a
>selection from Penguin? And would someone besides myself be interested
>in such an edition? Is something like this forthcoming?
>Jack Heller

Jack,

The best I can recommend is that you look in second-hand book stores for
either and Everyman or a Mermaid edition of selected plays; however,
both of these over 90 years old.  Over the years I have managed to
secure a copy of both for a very moderate price (under AUS$10).  There
are of course the Revels editions of The Maid's Tragedy, Philaster, and
The Knight of the Burning Pestle, and there was a recent edition
entitled Three Renaissance Travel Plays, unfortunately it only contains
one B&F play (The Sea Voyage) and the cost is rather prohibitive.  And
of course there are the redicously over-priced Fredson Bowers' editions
(my blood boils when I think of how many complete Shakespeare edition I
could buy for the same price as just one of Bowers' volumes containing
only five B&F plays!)  I don't know if any other editions are in the
works (anyone??) you may want to consider writing to the publisher of
Everyman and see if they have any plans.  I am currently in the
beginning stages of a Ph.D. that hopes to address just these such
issues, and part of my dissertation will involve the an annotated
edition of one of Fletcher's plays (I am still in the process of
deciding which one).

While I am on the subject would anyone on the list care to venture an
opinion of the Bowers' B&F editions?  Personally, apart from getting a
modern printed edition up an running considering the last one was in
1902, I wonder what purpose they serve and of whom they are considered
to of use to.  I realise that this might be contentious but that is my
aim.

Drew Whitehead.

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From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Thursday, 25 Mar 1999 19:59:37 -0600
Subject: 10.0531 Beaumont and Fletcher
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0531 Beaumont and Fletcher

Jack Heller wrote:

>Does anyone on this list know of a cheap paperback edition of Beaumont
>and Fletcher plays, something like an Oxford World Classics edition or a
>selection from Penguin? And would someone besides myself be interested
>in such an edition? Is something like this forthcoming?

The Revels series has published The Knight of the Burning Pestle,
Philaster, and The Maid's Tragedy.  They're not always easy to find, and
some are out of print; I'm not sure about the status of these three.
The Oxford World's Classics series has published multi-play paperback
volumes of John Ford, Ben Jonson,  Christopher Marlowe, John Marston,
Thomas Middleton, and John Webster, plus multi-author paperbacks of
Court Masques and Four Revenge Tragedies (by Chapman, Kyd, Middleton,
and Tourneur); I don't know if they're planning to do Beaumont and
Fletcher, but that would seem a natural choice, and the series is still
very active.  One of the associate general editors of the Oxford series,
Peter Holland, was on this list last year, and perhaps if he's still
listening in he can tell you more. The New Mermaids series published The
Knight of the Burning Pestle a while back, though I'm not sure if it's
still in print or available except through used bookstores.

Dave Kathman

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