The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1859 Friday, 8 October 2004
Date: Thursday, 07 Oct 2004 13:11:16 -0500
Subject: Hamner and Warburton Editions
At the request of a colleague, I am forwarding this question to the
list. Editions of Shakespeare are way outside my area of expertise.
The reference I'm trying to fill out is to "Hammer and Warburton" and
their (separate) editions of Shakespeare, which appeared in the 1740s --
that would be Sir Thomas Hanmer and Rev. William Warburton.
I'm trying to get a sense of the extent to which these editions altered
Shakespeare's words; in the source I'm annotating, Radcliffe's essay on
the supernatural in poetry, reference is made to how those editions
change the wording of a phrase in _Hamlet_ (from "good even" to "good
morning"). I'm curious to know just how extensive were the changes made
by these editors-- just a phrase here and there, in the name of
producing a "correct" text, or were the revisions more substantial?
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