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Re: Quartos and Folios
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2205  Tuesday, 14 December 1999.

[1]     From:   Mac Jackson <
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        Date:   Friday, 10 Dec 1999 13:36:36 +1200
        Subj:   Quartos and Folios

[2]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Monday, 13 Dec 1999 09:16:12 -0800
        Subj:   SHK 10.2179 Re: Quartos and Folios

[3]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Tuesday, December 14, 1999
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From:           Mac Jackson <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Dec 1999 13:36:36 +1200
Subject:        Quartos and Folios

A Book on Shakespeare Quartos and Folios

George Walton Williams's The Craft of Printing and the Publication of
Shakespeare's Works (Washington: Folger Shakespeare Library; and
Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, 1985) is reliable,
informative, readable, and brief (100 pages).

Mac Jackson

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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Monday, 13 Dec 1999 09:16:12 -0800
Subject: Re: Quartos and Folios
Comment:        SHK 10.2179 Re: Quartos and Folios

Anne C. Lounsbury told John Savage of some key New Bibliography texts. I
have two others at hand.

Shakespeare's Henry VI and Richard III by Peter Alexander, Cambridge
University Press, 1929, reprinted by Octagon Books, 1973

The Bad Quarto of Romeo and Juliet: A Bibliographical and Textual Study
by Henry Hoppe, Cornell University Press, 1948

There are other books that consider the issue, but I don't have them so
I can't give full information off the top of my head.  I remember two in
part:

E. K. Chambers considers this issue (with much else) in his two volume
William Shakespeare. For Lear, there is Michael Warren's and Gary
Taylor's The Division of the Kingdoms. For a more recent take that grows
largely out of New Bibliography ideas, and considers every play briefly
and clearly, there is William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion by
Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor, with John Jowett and William Montgomery,
Oxford University Press, 1987, now available in paperback for W.W.
Norton, 1997(?)

Then there is the book that challenges many of the conclusions by Greg,
Pollard, Alexander, and Hoppe: Shakespearean Suspect Texts by Laurie
Maguire, Cambridge University Press, 1996

This is the book currently curling toes around the world.  I'll be
interested to see if someone answers it.

No, Bill, I'm not trying to start a controversy.  I'm just recommending
books.

Mike Jensen

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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Tuesday, December 14, 1999
Subject: Re: Quartos and Folios
Comment:        SHK 10.2179 Re: Quartos and Folios

My best read of late on the "bad" quartos is Laurie E. Maguire
*Shakespearean Suspect Texts: The "Bad" Quartos and Their Contexts.* New
York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

As for the First Folio, if you can still find it (try the Folger Library
Bookstore), the most reasonably priced book on the Folios is Peter W. M.
Blayney's *The First Folio of Shakespeare* Washington, D.C.: Folger
Library Publications, 1991.

And if you can afford it, Peter W.M. Blayney's "Introduction."  *The
First Folio of Shakespeare / Prepared by Charlton Hinman; With a New
Introduction by Peter W. M. Blayney*. 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton,
1996.
 

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