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Re: Shakespeare's Handwriting
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.048  Thursday, 9 January 2003

From:           John Robinson <
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Date:           Wednesday, 8 Jan 2003 11:56:47 EST
Subject: 14.044 Re: Shakespeare's Handwriting
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.044 Re: Shakespeare's Handwriting

>*Elizabethan handwriting 1500-1650* by Giles E. Dawson and
>Laetitia Kennedy-Skipton (Norton 1966) is a good book to start
>with. Anthony G. Petti's *English literary hands from Chaucer
>to Dryden* (Edward Arnold 1977) is excellent, also.

>For Shakespeare's hand in particular, I don't believe that Edward
>Maunde Thompson's *Shakespeare's handwriting* (Oxford UP
>1916) has been surpassed yet. Thompson also contributed a
>chapter on Shakespeare's handwriting to *Shakespeare's hand
>in the play of Sir Thomas More*  (Cambridge UP 1923) edited
>by Alfred W. Pollard.

The above mentioned books are excellent resources. You might also look
at Leon Kellner's Restoring Shakespeare for some useful information on
the subject of Elizabethan handwriting.

Also, in Vol.24 (2002) of Hamlet Studies I have an article about the
"dram of eale" crux in Hamlet in which I try to make a connection
between the crux and a paleographic anomaly in Hand-D of Sir Thomas
More.

Regards,
John Robinson

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