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Re: Heminge and Condell
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0653  Thurssday, 3 April 2003

From:           Bob Grumman <
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Date:           Wednesday, 2 Apr 2003 15:04:46 -0500
Subject: 14.0635 Re: Heminge and Condell
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0635 Re: Heminge and Condell

>Trevor Howard-Hill has argued persuasively that the first 'editor' of
>Shakespeare's text is the scribe Ralph Crane who prepared copy for at
>least five of the plays.  He intervened in the texts he transcribed in
>any number of ways - in precisely the way that an editor does.  (See
>'Shakespeare's Earliest Editor: Ralph Crane', Shakespeare Survey, 44,
>1992, 113-30).  H&C, one would imagine, did no more than collect
>together such copies as they could obtain to give to the printers.
>
>David Lindley

Not even read them through?  I would agree that they probably took the
plays pretty much as they found them--but I'm sure they corrected a few
things in the copies they got (since they said the texts had been
corrected).  But as someone else has pointed out, there wasn't very much
real editing done. Hence, if anyone should be called the editors of the
First Folio, it seems to me they should be Heminges and Condell.

--Bob G.

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