2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0858  Wednesday, 7 May 2003

[1]     From:   Graham Hall <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Sunday, 04 May 2003 10:29:14 +0000
        Subj:   Big thick books

[2]     From:   James Doyle <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
        Date:   Monday, 5 May 2003 20:01:24 +0100
        Subj:   Bedford/St Martin's Texts and Contexts editions


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From:           Graham Hall <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 04 May 2003 10:29:14 +0000
Subject:        Big thick books

Compendium editions are jade's stale nourishment for the drab and the
indolent. Raid the second hand bookshops and haggle for single play
editions that take your fancy and glue 'em together. The marginalia by
previous owners often provide more substantial insight, references and
wit than a wilderness of professional editors could in a millennium of
their scribbling. Get your rich spinster aunty to buy you the Norton
Facsimile for your birthday as a long stop and reade him, therefore; and
againe, and againe.

Good hunting,
Graham Hall

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From:           James Doyle <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 5 May 2003 20:01:24 +0100
Subject:        Bedford/St Martin's Texts and Contexts editions

This series was mentioned in passing by during the discussion on Single
Volume editions.  I've only read two of these - Taming of the Shrew
(edited by Frances Dolan), and Midsummer Night's Dream (which I can't
find at the moment).

I found the former to be excellent; there were good, straightforward
notes on the text, but probably not enough for a student new to
Shakespeare's language, while the essays which took up 224 of the 326
pages were very thorough and illuminating.

The latter, while structured in the same way, I found less satisfactory,
as the essays didn't cover nearly as much ground, or in as much depth.
I think the UK price is about ?12 or ?13, so this wouldn't be an
economic purchase here.

I don't know which other titles are available, but on the basis of the
former, I'd definitely take a look, but check before you buy!

James Doyle

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