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Re: Edgar and Edmund
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1044  Tuesday, 16 April 2002

[1]     From:   R.A. Cantrell <
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        Date:   Monday, 15 Apr 2002 10:03:10 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1031 Re: Edgar and Edmund

[2]     From:   Mike Jensen <
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        Date:   Monday, 15 Apr 2002 08:29:25 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1031 Re: Edgar and Edmund

[3]     From:   Paul E. Doniger <
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        Date:   Monday, 15 Apr 2002 19:08:00 -0400
        Subj:   Fw: SHK 13.1031 Re: Edgar and Edmund

[4]     From:   Anna Kamaralli <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Apr 2002 12:12:05 +1000
        Subj:   Re: Edgar and Edmund

[5]     From:   Annalisa Castaldo <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 16 Apr 2002 08:05:35 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 13.1031 Re: Edgar and Edmund


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From:           R.A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Monday, 15 Apr 2002 10:03:10 -0500
Subject: 13.1031 Re: Edgar and Edmund
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1031 Re: Edgar and Edmund

> Annalisa Castaldo (who is blessed with an uncommonly beautiful name)

I must second. Did the person initiating this string make an Edmund for
Edgar mistake, and is there not also an Edmund for Edgar (or vice versa)
in the latest Kermode: Shakespeare's Language?

All the best,
R.A. Cantrell
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From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Monday, 15 Apr 2002 08:29:25 -0700
Subject: 13.1031 Re: Edgar and Edmund
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1031 Re: Edgar and Edmund

Martin Steward wrote of King Lear:

>I go with the Quarto reading every time on this one:

Must we choose?

Mike Jensen

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From:           Paul E. Doniger <
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Date:           Monday, 15 Apr 2002 19:08:00 -0400
Subject: 13.1031 Re: Edgar and Edmund
Comment:        Fw: SHK 13.1031 Re: Edgar and Edmund

Martin Steward points out:

>Annalisa Castaldo (who is blessed with an uncommonly beautiful name),
>judiciously reminds us "that it is only in the Folio that Edgar has the
>final speech - in the Quarto, it is Albany who has those sentiments". I
>go with the Quarto reading every time on this one: Albany, after all, >is
>about to succeed to the throne of Britain, so it is right that he >should
>get the last word in the play. It also draws attention to the
>difficulties of that succession - on of the most important political
>themes in "King Lear".

Of course, as Kenneth Muir points out, it is difficult to justify Albany
speaking the final sentence: "We that are young / Shall never see so
much, nor live so long"  (Arden Shakespeare, 1972: 5.3.324-25). These
words do seem more suitable in Edgar's mouth than in Albany's.

Paul E. Doniger

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From:           Anna Kamaralli <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Apr 2002 12:12:05 +1000
Subject:        Re: Edgar and Edmund

>I believe that I AM thinking straight: I can neither see elevating
>Edmund to the status of hero nor demoting Edgar to that of villain.

But alas, what can be done about the fact that Edmund is dead sexy
whereas Edgar's a drip?

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From:           Annalisa Castaldo <
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Date:           Tuesday, 16 Apr 2002 08:05:35 -0400
Subject: 13.1031 Re: Edgar and Edmund
Comment:        RE: SHK 13.1031 Re: Edgar and Edmund

Many thanks for the compliment, but I have to argue with you at least a
bit about preferring Albany as the speaker of the final lines over
Edgar. I am strongly of the camp that sees the Quarto and Folio as two
separate versions of the play, and therefore I think both are valid. In
the Quarto (the "History") Albany's character is stronger, more active
and there is an overall greater focus on the political elements of the
tragedy. The Folio (the "Tragedy") emphasizes the personal elements of
the tragedy while cutting and weakening Albany's part. It makes sense,
therefore, that Edgar, who has suffered the most of the still living
characters, should step forward, rather than Albany.

Annalisa Castaldo

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