The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1622 Friday, 15 August 2003
Date: Thursday, 14 Aug 2003 11:56:28 -0500
Subject: Re: Book Project
[Editor's Note: Some apparent misunderstandings occurred as a
consequence of the version of the Book Project announcement I sent out
yesterday. Below is the intended posting. -Hardy]
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.
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.
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