2005

Antony and Cleopatra 4.3

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0818  Thursday, 28 April 2005

From:           Jack Heller <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 28 Apr 2005 07:59:17 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        Antony and Cleopatra 4.3

Listmembers:

In my admittedly limited personal resources, I haven't found any
scholarly or critical comment on Act 4, scene 3 of Antony and Cleopatra,
the scene in which soldiers hear music coming from the ground. I would
welcome your ideas about this scene.

Jack Heller

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William Jaggard and His Shakespeare Bibliography

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0817  Thursday, 28 April 2005

From:           John Webb <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 28 Apr 2005 10:37:05 +0100
Subject:        William Jaggard and His Shakespeare Bibliography

Every fortnight one of the staff at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's
Records Office writes a popular article for publication in the Stratford
Herald. This is a brief summary of the article published in the issue of
28th April 2005:

William Jaggard and his Shakespeare Bibliography

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has recently acquired a copy book,
containing some 2000 letters which were written by William Jaggard
(1867-1947). Convinced that he was a descendant of the famous William
Jaggard, who in 1623 had printed Shakespeare's First Folio, his ambition
was to establish a bookshop and set up a printing press in the poet's
native town of Stratford. This he achieved in 1909, when he opened his
'Shakespeare Press' at no. 4 Sheep Street.

Jaggard was already well known in the town due to his passionate
admiration of Shakespeare: indeed, he had been labouring for many years
on a remarkable project, a 'Shakespeare Bibliography', to contain, as he
put it, 'every known issue of the writings of our national poet and of
recorded opinion thereon in the English Language'. His was not the first
attempt at such a task but it was certainly the most successful and his
work, filling over 700 tightly-packed pages, has never been superseded.
It was eventually published in 1911 and, not surprisingly, is mentioned
many times in the letter book.

This was not the only Herculean task on which Jaggard was then engaged.
He had also been grappling for many years with an index to a periodical,
first published in 1887, called 'Book Prices Current', which listed
every book sold at auction, its price and its buyer. The work involved
in compiling a manual index to over 33,000 titles is mind-boggling but
it eventually came to fruition in 1909. Not surprisingly, as the letter
book reveals, this was a task which tested his mental and physical
powers to their limits.

Jaggard undoubtedly knew a lot about books, and about Shakespeare in
particular, but he had very strong opinions and did not suffer fools
gladly; nor, it seems, anyone else who disagreed with him. The letters
document several long-running feuds: one was with the Liverpool branch
of the Dickens Fellowship, whom he accused of indulging in frivolous
pursuits when it should have been discussing the work of a great English
novelist.

The article in this week's Stratford Herald also describes some other
stories about Jaggard, and includes a picture of one of the pages of the
copy book, which is actually a letter written by Jaggard to the owner of
the Stratford Herald at the time.

Incidentally, the main front page headline and story in the Herald this
week is titled "Shakespeare Portrait is c19th fake". It describes the
story behind the Flowers portrait, which is the subject of the "Fake
Flower" SHAKSPER thread. There's virtually nothing new in this
particular report.

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First Folio Function

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0815  Thursday, 28 April 2005

From:           Mark Alexander <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 27 Apr 2005 19:42:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        First Folio Function

I had an audition last night for Alls Well that Ends Well and we read
from the First Folio. It threw me off quite a bit due to the archaic
word spellings.

What is the function of using the First Folio when preparing a
production?  I know Chicago Shakespeare actors use it when beginning to
research their roles.  The actors go back to the First Folio.  I think
they even teach it as part of one of their classes.

Thanks,
Mark Alexander
Chicago
Actor/Director

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Good my Lord?

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0816  Thursday, 28 April 2005

From:           Mark Alexander <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 27 Apr 2005 19:45:32 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Good my Lord?

What is the meaning and function of "Good my lord"?  I've always
wondered about this.  At first I thought it was a typo and should have
read "My good lord".  But I see in repeatedly as "Good my lord".

Thanks,
Mark Alexander
Chicago
Actor/Director

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Staying Entries

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0814  Thursday, 28 April 2005

From:           John Briggs <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 28 Apr 2005 00:09:34 +0100
Subject:        'Staying Entries'

What is the current thinking about the so-called "staying entries"?
Peter W.M. Blayney has convinced us that everything that we thought we
knew about publishing, licensing, copyright (or lack thereof), 'piracy'
etc in Shakespeare's day was completely wrong.  Without actually
mentioning them, he had somehow convinced me that the "staying entries"
were a species of optical illusion - but how does that square with this
record by Philip Henslowe: "Lent vnto Robarte shawe the 18 of march 1599
to geue vnto the printer to staye the printing of patient gresell the
some of        xxxx s."?  What are the possible interpretations of that?
  And is it related in any way to the "staying entries"?

John Briggs

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