The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1614 Wednesday, 13 August 2003
Date: Wednesday, 13 Aug 2003 13:41:46 -0500
Subject: Book Project
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Dear Prof. Cook,
I'm writing about a series I'm putting together on Shakespeare's plays.
Currently, I'm working for an American publisher to envision what these
books can be. We would like for them to contain not just the text of the
play but also an audio CD featuring key scenes and passages from the
play as performed by the world's greatest actors. The idea is to bring
Shakespeare to the masses in an accessible manner. We have had great
success in the American market with books of similar format, the most
recent of which is "Poetry Speaks," a collection of poems and recorded
poetry, read by their authors (e.g. Alfred, Lord Tennyson reading "The
Charge of the Light Brigade," T.S. Eliot reading "The Love Song of J.
Alfred Prufrock," W.B. Yeats explaining his reading "style" and why he
chooses to read that way). More information on this book can be found
on our web site:
I'm now trying to determine the best text from which we can start.
Though I'm working on getting permissions to use existing versions, I
would also like to explore what it would take for someone to start from
the First Folio or a Quarto and transcribe a "clean" version for us,
using modern spelling and making "basic" corrections, such as using
consistent spelling of the characters' names (though that's just an
example; I'm open to different proposals).
I thought that there might be academic researchers on your list who
would be interested in undertaking such a project. Would this be an
appropriate request to post on your list? How would I go about finding
and reaching interested parties?
Thank you very much for any assistance you can provide. I look forward
to hearing from you.
Series Editor, MediaFusion
+1 773 5492982
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