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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1283  Wednesday, 16 June 2004

[1]     From:   John Briggs <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 14:53:37 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1266 Digital Shakespeare

[2]     From:   Graham Hall <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 19:24:32 +0000
        Subj:   Dicky III TLN 538-9

[3]     From:   Hardy M. Cook <
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        Date:   Wednesday, June 16, 2004
        Subj:   Re: SHK 15.1266 Digital Shakespeare


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From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 14:53:37 +0100
Subject: 15.1266 Digital Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1266 Digital Shakespeare

Gabriel Egan wrote:

 >Those wanting to engage in such a debate might be interested in an essay
 >in the current issue of the Times Literary Supplement (11 June, No.
 >5280) called "PG tips" by Paul Duguid. The 'PG' referred to is 'Project
 >Gutenberg', which provides free 'plain vanilla' (that is, untagged)
 >etexts of many printed books, with an emphasis on the literary.

I would agree with Paul Duguid that Project Gutenberg are out of their
depth in matters textual.  I recently tried to find out if there was any
pattern to the revisions which William Beckford made to the French and
English versions of "Vathek" (I finally decided that there wasn't -
Beckford was a dilettante, and caused as much chaos in his texts as in
his life.)  There are arguments for and against using the 1786, 1816 and
1823 English texts - and different publishers of popular editions choose
different versions.  Project Gutenberg (the source, as far as I could
tell, of all the online texts) have used the 1887 Cassell and Company
edition (which they tell us) but, somewhat surprisingly, that had
reprinted the 1786 text - which they don't tell us.

John Briggs

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From:           Graham Hall <
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Date:           Tuesday, 15 Jun 2004 19:24:32 +0000
Subject:        Dicky III TLN 538-9

Re:15.1266.

Dr Egan writes [...] Hall might be implying that, far from being good or
neutral, a digital
Shakespeare is positively a bad thing.[...]

Hall isn't and the courtesy of an off-List query to him would have put
Dr Egan right before he posted this mischievous misapprehension to the
list. He should kindly re-read my posting in its context.

I read "PG Tips" less than 3 hours ago on my way back from seeing the
Olivier Measure for Measure and found the article a far more enjoyable
event than the production.

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From:           Hardy M. Cook <
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Date:           Wednesday, June 16, 2004
Subject: 15.1266 Digital Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.1266 Digital Shakespeare

Who can forget the Project Gutenberg texts from Shakespeare's First
Porfolio?

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