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Re: Arden Editions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1821  Friday, 20 July 2001

[1]     From:   Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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        Date:   Thursday, 19 Jul 2001 10:55:20 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1810 Re: Arden Editions

[2]     From:   Andrew McAleer <
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        Date:   Friday, 20 Jul 2001 10:21:01 +0100
        Subj:   Re: Arden Editions


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From:           Karen Peterson-Kranz <
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Date:           Thursday, 19 Jul 2001 10:55:20 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 12.1810 Re: Arden Editions
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1810 Re: Arden Editions

Just a quick note on the Arden 3 volume with which I am most familiar,
*The Sonnets* (K. Duncan-Jones, ed.).

While I still consult Booth and Kerrigan, the Arden has become the
edition I use most frequently.  It is easy to use, with Duncan-Jones'
notes for each sonnet following each sonnet, rather than gathered in a
separate section following.  I find this quicker to use, but it's a
matter of personal taste.  Her notes are not as voluminous as Booth's,
but they are cogent and insightful.  She's particularly good on
botanical imagery, slightly less comprehensive than Booth on the bawdy
potential of the language.  She occasionally strays further from the
Quarto than I think necessary, but her reasons for doing so are well
explained, so that the reader can understand, if not agree.

Her introductory essay (which is an important one for Sonnet studies in
its own right) stresses her view that it is important to read "A Lover's
Complaint" in conjunction with the Sonnets, so it too is included in
this volume.

I recently had to buy a replacement copy as I had worn out my original
copy.  For what it's worth.

No, I'm not related to her.  No, I'm not getting any commissions from
Arden.

Cheers,
Karen

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From:           Andrew McAleer <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Jul 2001 10:21:01 +0100
Subject:        Re: Arden Editions

Just to clarify, the following explains the features of the Arden 3rd
series:

The Arden Shakespeare is widely acknowledged as the pre-eminent
Shakespeare series, valued by scholars, students, actors and playgoers
alike for its readable and reliable texts, its full annotation and its
richly informative introductions.

The third series of Arden editions, planned from the 1980s and launched
in 1995, aims to maintain the quality and general character of its
predecessors, guaranteeing the highest standards of scholarship, while
also insisting upon attractive and accessible presentation.

Features new to Arden 3 include:

* An editorial team that reflects the global reach of Shakespeare
* Full modernisation of the text, newly edited from the original quarto
and folio editions, with all substantial divergences from those early
printings recorded in the textual notes
* Full coverage of performance history, previously ignored in scholarly
editions
* Full explanation in the commentary of Biblical, classical and
contextual references that can no longer be assumed to be familiar to
the full range of Arden users
* Black and white illustration illuminating: the play in performance;
scenes and characters from the play as interpreted by artists in the
intervening 400 years; and the complexities of textual editing
* A redesigned page for greater clarity and useability
* Full index to the editorial matter
* Eye-catching and colourful covers designed to a single brief by
high-profile design agency Interbrand Newell and Sorrell

Dave Kathman's list of existing titles is correct. Henry VIII was the
latest edition to be published, and later this year will see the
publication of King Henry VI Part 3 (John D. Cox and Eric Rasmussen),
and King Richard II (Charles R. Forker).

If anyone would like a catalogue, you can contact me at the e-mail
address below.

Andrew McAleer
Editorial Assistant
The Arden Shakepeare

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