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Re: Arden Editions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1909  Tuesday, 31 July 2001

[1]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Jul 2001 08:55:07 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1906 Re: Arden Editions

[2]     From:   William Proctor Williams <
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        Date:   Monday, 30 Jul 2001 12:45:30 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 12.1906 Re: Arden Editions


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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Jul 2001 08:55:07 -0700
Subject: 12.1906 Re: Arden Editions
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1906 Re: Arden Editions

Briggs wrote of Arden:

>Sadly, these British editions seem not to sell well in the United
>States.  The problem may be as much vocabulary as orthography...

In my limited experience it has more to do with price.  I co-taught
Shakespeare last summer and winter quarters.  The other teachers, who
placed the book order, were told to keep prices down, so they chose
Signet Classics instead of Arden.  If it were up to me, and price was
not a factor, I would have gone with Arden.

A sidelight: we wanted to include a non-Shakespearean city comedy in the
winter quarter.  Cheri chose *The Roaring Girl* in part because she
discussed it in her Ph.D. thesis and wanted to revisit the play.  The
only edition available was far too expensive, so we sent students to a
web site for the play.  Few of them read it, and fewer finished it,
though all had web access.  I don't want to interpret that too broadly
since the play may have put off some people, but virtually everyone kept
up with all the other readings.

Mike Jensen

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From:           William Proctor Williams <
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Date:           Monday, 30 Jul 2001 12:45:30 -0400
Subject: 12.1906 Re: Arden Editions
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1906 Re: Arden Editions

John Briggs' comment, "One difference between Arden2 and Arden3 is the
heavy emphasis that Arden2 placed on bibliography (and textual
bibliography in particular).  I sometimes find that I have to go back to
an Arden2 edition for a quarto collation, or bibliographic transcription
of a title page (although Arden3 will often give a facsimile!),"
probably shows us that the editors of Arden3 have assumed, quite
correctly I fear, that most students AND faculty cannot decode
bibliographical transcriptions and collational notes.  As we stop
teaching these things to our students the following generations of
faculty do not know them and do not teach them to their students.  The
progression is geometric, not arithmetic.

William Proctor Williams

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