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My Shakespeare Library
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0863  Wednesday, 4 May 2005

[1]     From:   Bruce Richman <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 3 May 2005 10:16:12 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0850 My Shakespeare Library

[2]     From:   Himadri Chatterjee <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 3 May 2005 16:28:43 +0100 (BST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0850 My Shakespeare Library

[3]     From:   R. A. Cantrell <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 03 May 2005 11:09:50 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0850 My Shakespeare Library

[4]     From:   Al Magary <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 03 May 2005 12:35:43 -0700
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From:           Bruce Richman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 3 May 2005 10:16:12 -0500
Subject: 16.0850 My Shakespeare Library
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0850 My Shakespeare Library

Shakespeare's Lives by Samuel Schoenbaum
Arden Hamlet, edited by Harold Jenkins (1982)

Bruce Richman

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From:           Himadri Chatterjee <
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Date:           Tuesday, 3 May 2005 16:28:43 +0100 (BST)
Subject: 16.0850 My Shakespeare Library
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0850 My Shakespeare Library

My choice of five:

1. Shakespeare - Complete Works   (I guess, like most here, I have
various editions of individual works, but when I am travelling, say, a
one volume edition of the Alexander text is invaluable.)

2. Oxford Companion to Shakespeare - edited by Michael
Dobson & Stanley Wells (I can - and have - spent whole days browsing
through this book.)

3. The Wheel of Fire - G. Wilson Knight  (Possibly my favourite piece of
Shakespeare criticism. I'm not sure how this book is viewed these days
in academic circles, but I particularly like, amongst others, Wilson
Knight's take on "King Lear".)

4. Shakespeare - Anthony Burgess  (Not a conventional biography -
insofar as a conventional biography of Shakespeare is possible - but
more an imaginative recreation of Shakespeare's life and times, based on
what scraps of evidence we have. Mr Burgess, I think, saw himself
primarily as an entertainer, and this book is bursting at the seams with
wit and vitality. A wonderfully entertaining read.)

5. Playing Shakespeare - John Barton  (These transcripts of rehearsal
sessions - in which Mr Barton directs many distinguished Shakespearean
actors in various selected scenes from the plays - help me, more than
any other work, visualise the all-important transition from page to
stage. Sadly, the videos of these rehearsal sessions are not, as far as
I know, available.)

Regards,
Himadri Chatterjee

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From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Tuesday, 03 May 2005 11:09:50 -0500
Subject: 16.0850 My Shakespeare Library
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0850 My Shakespeare Library

 >As I said, this list changes. But I would be very interested in seeing
 >other SHAKSPER people's lists. What books are a must have, and which
 >should one stay clear of.

1. T. W. Baldwin William Shakespere's Small Latin & Less Greek.
2. T. W. Baldwin William Shakespere's Petty School.
3. E. K. Chambers  The Elizabethan Stage
4. Gary Taylor  Re-Inventing Shakespeare
5. Brian Vickers/John Velz (tie) Appropriating Shakespeare/ Shakespeare
and the Classical Tradition.

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From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Tuesday, 03 May 2005 12:35:43 -0700
Subject: 16.0850 My Shakespeare Library
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0850 My Shakespeare Library

I haven't seen Charles Boyce's The Wordsworth Dictionary of Shakespeare
as my quests are usually encyclopedic in nature.  In that case I begin
by consulting Boyce's _Shakespeare A to Z_, first published in hardcover
by Facts on File in 1990, as a paperback by Laurel/Dell in 1991.  Amazon
offers a peek at the TOC and other pages.

For browsing the works, flipping pages and such, I use the Norton
Shakespeare except when I feel too incompetent to turn the onionskin
paper without wrinkling it.  For those numerous occasions I use the
Worldwide Unwrinklable Web:
--Michael Best's collection of texts:  http://ise.uvic.ca/index.html
--Eric Johnson's search engine:  http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org/
--RhymeZone's language utilities:  http://www.rhymezone.com/shakespeare/

Amazon's Listmania assembles many "my favorite Shakespeare books" lists,
such as
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/listmania/list-browse/-/1I5IQBUUFWB1E/ref=cm_lm_lists/102-3446785-2889757
or http://tinyurl.com/byx22

Cheers,
Al Magary

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