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Hamner and Warburton Editions
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1859  Friday, 8 October 2004

From:           John Pendergast <
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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.
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 .  Thanks.

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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