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Re: Spelling Shakespeare's Name
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0604  Wednesday, 14 March 2001

[1]     From:   Drew Whitehead <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 14 Mar 2001 00:13:32 +1000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0589 Spelling Shakespeare's Name

[2]     From:   Michael Best <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Mar 2001 08:59:06 -0800
        Subj:   Spelling Shakespeare's Name

[3]     From:   Susanne Collier <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 13 Mar 2001 17:04:20 -0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.0589 Spelling Shakespeare's Name


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From:           Drew Whitehead <
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Date:           Wednesday, 14 Mar 2001 00:13:32 +1000
Subject: 12.0589 Spelling Shakespeare's Name
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0589 Spelling Shakespeare's Name

>If anybody can
>point me in the direction of post-Renaissance sources dealing with the
>spelling of Shakespeare's name then I would be very interested to see
>them.

I cannot tell you when it happened, but I can tell you that I have
commonly found three of the variations (Shakspere/Shakespere/Shakespear)
in many critical writings of the first two decades of the 20th century.
So if some sort of decision was made in the 19th century, then it took
quite some time to take effect.  I'd be more willing to bet that it was
somehow tied in with the OED.

Drew Whitehead

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From:           Michael Best <
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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Mar 2001 08:59:06 -0800
Subject:        Spelling Shakespeare's Name

This is not an answer for Thomas Larque's query, but his experience of
getting helpful comments about spelling is not unique. I get helpful
notes concerning the bad spelling in the Folio transcriptions of the
text about once a month. The latest:

    Just so you know..."Julius Caeser" has like a billion spelling
errors

I also got one quoting the "Corus" of Romeo and Juliet, with the single
damning judgement: KINDERGARTEN !!!!!!

Michael
Coordinating Editor, Internet Shakespeare Editions
<http://www.uvic.ca/shakespeare>

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From:           Susanne Collier <
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Date:           Tuesday, 13 Mar 2001 17:04:20 -0800
Subject: 12.0589 Spelling Shakespeare's Name
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.0589 Spelling Shakespeare's Name

There is a very interesting treatment of the feud which was symbolized
by the spelling question in Fortune and Men's Eyes: the Career of John
Payne Collier. Dewey Ganzel.  Having the same name naturally made me
more curious about Collier and the book is a good example of what Altick
calls the career of the scholar adventurer!
 

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