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Re: Feathers
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1090  Thursday, 10 May 2001

[1]     From:   William Proctor Williams <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 09 May 2001 12:27:45 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1081 Re: Feathers

[2]     From:   David Knauer <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 09 May 2001 12:15:57 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 12.1047 Re: Feathers

[3]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Thursday, 10 May 2001 00:05:15 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1081 Re: Feathers


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From:           William Proctor Williams <
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Date:           Wednesday, 09 May 2001 12:27:45 -0400
Subject: 12.1081 Re: Feathers
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1081 Re: Feathers

John Briggs says, "I am reluctant to elaborate on this, as I do not have
access to a transcript of the Stationer's Register, and I fear I may
misrepresent Blayney.  Blayney shows that there is a low level of plays
being entered in the SR. . . ." It would do him no good if he had one on
his desk since the SR is indexed neither by title nor by genre.  In
fact, the portion of it before 1640 is not properly indexed at all.
Life isn't that easy, but might I suggest he start with Greg and move on
from there.

William Proctor Williams

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Date:           Wednesday, 09 May 2001 12:15:57 -0500
Subject: 12.1047 Re: Feathers
Comment:        RE: SHK 12.1047 Re: Feathers

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John Briggs writes,

Blayney shows that there is a low level of plays being entered in the
SR, except for two peaks in 1594-5 and 600-1 (in each case 27 plays in
an 18 month period - against an annual 'background' of three). . . .
What seems to have happened is that publishers thought that there was
money to be made from publishing plays

John continues,

An entry on the SR just meant that a publisher had purchased a playtext
with a view to publication, and had nothing to do with authors or
companies of players whatsoever

While this is correct, I would merely call attention to the corollary:
if publishers bought a book, a theater company had likely sold it. So,
yes, an entry on the SR does in fact have something to do with companies
of players, albeit indirectly. Why they may have sold it (poverty? Ben
Jonson-like egos? personnel changes? superceding stol'n and
surreptitious copies? spring cleaning?) is a question that no one I've
read, including Blayney, has answered satisfactorily. Perhaps there
isn't an answer

Dave Knauer

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Thursday, 10 May 2001 00:05:15 -0400
Subject: 12.1081 Re: Feathers
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1081 Re: Feathers

>What seems to have happened is that publishers thought
>that there was money to be made from publishing plays.  And there might
>well have been, if everyone hadn't tried to get rich simultaneously!
>(This is a point which could be borne in mind next time Capitalism comes
>up for debate...)

Good idea!  And while we're at it perhaps we can give this phenomenon a
name, like, say, oh ....... "competition."

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