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History of the "Complete Moby Shakespeare" Edition
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1096  Friday, 21 May 2004

From:           Eric M. Johnson <
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Date:           Friday, 21 May 2004 00:17:43 -0400
Subject:        History of the "Complete Moby Shakespeare" Edition

Hello, all --

I'm looking for information about the history of the Complete Moby
Shakespeare edition, which is the most widely-distributed set of
Shakespeare texts on the planet. Does anyone have any detailed
information about it? "That's what Google is for!" some of you are
thinking. True, but Google has limited data, and I've searched for a
couple of hours and am dissatisfied with the results. Below is a summary
of what I know.

This seems to be the official place to find all of the Moby projects:
http://www.dcs.shef.ac.uk/research/ilash/Moby

...but most people go here to download the texts:
http://classics.mit.edu/shakespeare

According to this site, Moby derives from the 1866 Globe edition:
http://shakespeare.palomar.edu/works.htm

...the text of which is found here:
http://etext.virginia.edu/shakespeare/works

Mr. Grady Ward, Moby's creator, is on the Scientologists' excrement
list, which puts him on the side of the angels as far as I'm concerned:
http://www.religiousfreedomwatch.org/extremists/ward.html

I can research the 1866 Globe edition easily enough, but does anyone
know anything about what Moby was supposed to be -- why it was created,
who else was involved besides Mr. Ward (whom I'm trying to contact),
etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I will take everything I
find out and write it up, then post it to the Open Source Shakespeare
site (http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org), which, naturally, uses the
Moby Shakespeare edition.

Thanks,
Eric Johnson

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