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Modern-spelling Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1774  Wednesday, 29 September 2004

From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Wednesday, 29 Sep 2004 01:07:17 -0700
Subject:        Modern-spelling Shakespeare

May I be pointed toward a couple of the most important or useful essays
on the processes of editing Shakespeare or others of the early modern
period?  I'm particularly interested in issues involved in producing
modern-spelling editions.

This is in connection with my edition of Hall's Chronicle (1550).  I
have finished transcribing from Penn's facsimiles and am now
proofreading and planning more active editorial work. Principally,
Hall's orthography is so variable that I am considering a companion
modern-spelling version to facilitate browsing and searching.
Modernizing, I expect, could easily lead to correcting (e.g., personal
and place names), improving (e.g., punctuation, paragraphing), and
adding reader aids (e.g., section and subsection titles), and I wonder
how far to go without virtually remodeling Hall.

Thanks in advance,
Al Magary

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