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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0297  Tuesday, 3 February 2004

[1]     From:   David Evett <
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        Date:   Monday, 2 Feb 2004 08:55:30 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0273 Concordances

[2]     From:   Ken Steele <
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        Date:   Monday, 02 Feb 2004 09:18:54 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.0273 Concordances

[3]     From:   Ward Elliott <
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        Date:   Monday, 02 Feb 2004 16:45:08 -0800
        Subj:   RE: SHK 15.0273 Concordances


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From:           David Evett <
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Date:           Monday, 2 Feb 2004 08:55:30 -0500
Subject: 15.0273 Concordances
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0273 Concordances

For most common purposes the Harvard Concordance is adequate, I
find--I reach for mine a lot.

Dave Evett

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From:           Ken Steele <
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Date:           Monday, 02 Feb 2004 09:18:54 -0600
Subject: 15.0273 Concordances
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0273 Concordances

Surely by now there's a reliable electronic concordance of
Shakespeare out there?

More than a dozen years ago, when I was a grad student at UofT, I
bought the Riverside Shakespeare from WordCruncher and found it a
wonderful tool -- although it had some limitations and flaws,
naturally.  I think WordCruncher is out of business now, but between
that text, and the Oxford Text Archive of the original Quarto and
Folio texts, and the electronic texts we edited at UofT's Centre for
Computing in the Humanities, surely someone has come up with a
scholarly electronic concordance?

Like bibliographies, concordances are something that are FAR more
flexible, rapid, and accessible in electronic form, rather than
printed volumes...  IMHO.

Yours,
Ken

[Editor's Note: Ken Steele, founder of SHAKSPER, and I see many
things the same. I too have used WordCruncher with the Riverside
text since it first came out. Seldom a week goes by when I don't
fired it up and consult it. In fact, I just taught Rebecca how to
use it so she could look up her favorite quotations from _1 Henry
4_. It is a shame that the interface was never updated for Windows
and that this marvelous tool is no longer available. I also consult
the OTA texts regularly, keeping copies of them on my desktop,
laptop, and Palm.  -Hardy]

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From:           Ward Elliott <
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Date:           Monday, 02 Feb 2004 16:45:08 -0800
Subject: 15.0273 Concordances
Comment:        RE: SHK 15.0273 Concordances

The Harvard Concordance to Shakespeare lacks the play-by-play
context and statistics of the 6-volume Complete & Systematic, and it
does not provide context for the 43 most frequent of Shakespeare's
words, "the, and, I, to, of," etc.  That apart, it's the concordance
of choice, a meticulous, valuable, indispensable reference, well
worth the $100-200 it sells for on Abebooks, even for SHAKSPERians
like Mr. Lawrence, who would probably skip the statistics.  It was
certainly a godsend for our Shakespeare Clinic.  I've got one on my
own shelf, from the days when you could get them used for $55, and
so does my co-author, Rob Valenza.

Ward Elliott

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