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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1426  Thursday, 10 July 2003

From:           Holger Schott <
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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Jul 2003 17:37:01 -0400
Subject:        Pericles

In the "King John, Titus, Peele" thread, the New Cambridge _Pericles_,
eds.  Doreen DelVecchio & Antony Hammond, was attacked rather harshly
("worst edition of Shakespeare in living memory" etc.). I've now had
occasion to look at this text, and also at some of the reviews by
respectable scholars (Laurie Maguire in SQ, Emma Smith in Ren Forum, F.
D. Hoeniger in U of T Quart., etc.), which all expressed regret at the
overly polemical tone of DelVecchio & Hammond's introduction, but also
praised their glosses and editorial decisions. While I'm not necessarily
convinced by their arguments for single authorship, their edition
strikes me as a courageous and pretty impressive alternative to the
Oxford approach (which involves the rather risky integration of passages
from Wilkins' prose narrative). I'm a little surprised at the unanimous
condemnation of this edition on SHAKSPER, which seems to be rather at
odds with the views of the larger scholarly community in this case. Any
comments?

Best,
Holger Schott

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