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Re: Surviving Play Scripts
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2469  Sunday, 28 October 2001

[1]     From:   Peter M. McCluskey <
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        Date:   Friday, 26 Oct 2001 11:43:52 -0500
        Subj:   Re: Surviving Playscripts

[2]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Friday, 26 Oct 2001 15:59:10 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2460 Re: Surviving Play Scripts

[3]      From:  W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Saturday, 27 Oct 2001 15:09:09 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.2460 Re: Surviving Play Scripts


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From:           Peter M. McCluskey <
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Date:           Friday, 26 Oct 2001 11:43:52 -0500
Subject:        Re: Surviving Playscripts

To Gary Allen's list of surviving manuscripts should be added two
others, that of Sir Thomas More (ascribed to various hands and assigned
various dates) and William Mountfort's The Lanchynge of the Mary or the
Seaman's Honest Wife (1633).  Both manuscripts are noteworthy because
they contain instructions from the respective Masters of the Revels to
whom they were submitted for review (Sir Edmund Tilney censored the
former play, and Sir Henry Herbert the latter).

Peter M. McCluskey
English Department, Middle Tennessee State University

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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Friday, 26 Oct 2001 15:59:10 -0400
Subject: 12.2460 Re: Surviving Play Scripts
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2460 Re: Surviving Play Scripts

Why does Gary Allen's list of extant MSS exclude Sir Thomas More?
Because it wasn't performed?

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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Saturday, 27 Oct 2001 15:09:09 -0400
Subject: 12.2460 Re: Surviving Play Scripts
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2460 Re: Surviving Play Scripts

I would make a distinction between "play scripts that survive in
manuscript" and "playbooks" (or, anachronistically, promptbooks).
"Playbooks" are scripts that have been prepared for playhouse use. Cuts
are marked.  Playbooks are not necessarily in manuscript: printed copies
were used for this purpose. In contrast, some of Middleton's extant
manuscript play scripts were meant for private reading rather than
theatre production.

Paul Werstine's "Plays in Manuscript" appears in John D. Cox and David
Scott Kastan, ed., A New History of the English Drama (Columbia UP,
1997) 481 ff. discusses some of the problems.

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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