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Q: Collations
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1019  Thursday, 11 May 2000.

From:           David Lindley <
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Date:           Wednesday, 10 May 2000 21:56:40 GMT
Subject:        Collations

Does anyone (apart from reviewers and other editors) ever consult the
collations printed in Arden, Oxford and Cambridge and other one-volume
editions?

I ask because I have just completed this task for The Tempest and am
sadly wondering whether the effort involved has any value for modern
readers.  Comparing the level of collation in editions over the
centuries has its own interest as a mark of the kinds of things
successive generations of editors have felt it worthy to note, but one
wonders whether this is a case of historical tradition, and the old
ambition to make editions of Shakespeare as much like editions of the
classics as possible, exerting a continued influence on the 'uniform' of
scholarly editions.

David Lindley
Reader in Renaissance Literature
School of English
University of Leeds
 

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