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Ralph Crane: Accidental Editor
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0797  Tuesday, 26 April 2005

From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Monday, 25 Apr 2005 14:11:58 +0100
Subject: 16.0783 Ralph Crane: Accidental Editor
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0783 Ralph Crane: Accidental Editor

Elliott H. Stone wrote:

 >I would like to congratulate Mr Briggs for pointing out to the readers
 >the obvious connection in the "Lady of the Strachey" between William
 >Strachey and Ben Jonson found in TN.

There are things which are obvious to Elliott H. Stone, but withheld
from lesser mortals.  Much excitement was caused by the conjecture that
"The Lady of the Strachy married the yeoman of the wardrobe" was an
allusion to a liaison between the wife of William Strachey and the
wardrobe-master of the Blackfriars Theatre, David Yeomans.  The sanest
comment on this is that of T.W. Craik in Arden2: "Unfortunately, since
nothing discreditable is known of these two persons as yet, Sisson's
conjecture must remain no more than conjecture: the curious may,
however, live in hope."

I have said before (and will, no doubt, say again): if Jonson had really
edited Shakespeare's First Folio, we would not have had all our textual
problems - and Jonson's footnotes would have put the entire Shakespeare
industry out of business!

John Briggs

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