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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0876  Thursday, 5 May 2005

[1]     From:   Stefan Andreas Sture <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 4 May 2005 18:01:38 +0200
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0863 My Shakespeare Library

[2]     From:   Brad Berens <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 04 May 2005 09:03:56 -0700
        Subj:   My Shakespeare Library

[3]     From:   John Briggs <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 4 May 2005 17:36:05 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.0863 My Shakespeare Library

[4]     From:   Thomas Pendleton <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 4 May 2005 19:56:37 -0400
        Subj:   RE: SHK 16.0863 My Shakespeare Library


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From:           Stefan Andreas Sture <
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Date:           Wednesday, 4 May 2005 18:01:38 +0200
Subject: 16.0863 My Shakespeare Library
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0863 My Shakespeare Library

Just got the Crystals' Shakespeare's Words in the post, seems good after
an initial browsing. Picked up two books today, Jan Kott: Szkice o
Szekspirze (Shakespeare our contemporary?) in a Norwegian translation,
and Julia Briggs: This Stage-play world [revised ed.], any
recommendations? Both were cheap, so no loss of money. the Kott book
seems to look at our Will as a political writer - could be interesting.
Secondly, any Shakespeare books too weird to be missed?

Yours,
Stefan Andreas Sture

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From:           Brad Berens <
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Date:           Wednesday, 04 May 2005 09:03:56 -0700
Subject:        My Shakespeare Library

Hi everybody,

Having been out of the full-time Bard biz since I finished my Ph.D. and
succumbed to the lure of corporate America, I was intrigued by Stefan
Andreas Sture's question: three careers later, what had lasted on my
shelves? If I deal editions out of the hand (which means the Norton
Folio Facsimile and Allen & Muir's remarkable "Shakespeare's Plays in
Quarto" and all those scholarly editions in the garage go bye-bye), then
here are the few, the happy few that remain:

Stephen Booth's "King Lear, Macbeth, Indetermination and Tragedy"

     (for the remarkable chapter on doubling)

Campbell & Quinn's "The Reader's Encyclopedia of Shakespeare"

     (a little dated but still more depthful than all the one-stop-shop
guides that have followed it)

Michael Dobson's "The Making of the National Poet: Shakespeare,
Adaptation and Authorship: 1660-1769"

     (a remarkable book on how Shakespeare became a cultural phenomenon:
I can never thank Steven Orgel enough for recommending it)

Andy Gurr's "The Shakespearean Stage" and "Playgoing in Shakespeare's
London"

     (the gold standard for generous scholarship)

Nungezer's "Dictionary of Actors"

     (I keep hearing it's been updated, but have yet to see a better
version readily available -- can anybody help with this?)

Wells & Taylor's "William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion"

And here's a follow-up question for the list: what are your top five
books that most illuminated how you think about Shakespeare but that
DON'T have explicitly to do with Shakespeare or Renaissance drama?

My list :

Bernard Beckerman's "Dynamics of Drama"

Gary Saul Morson and Caryl Emerson's intellectual biography: "Mikhail
Bakhtin: Invention of a Prosaics"

Gary Saul Morson's "Narrative and Freedom: The Shadows of Time"

Richard Rorty's "Contingency, Irony and Solidarity"

Dan Sperber and Deidre Wilson's "Relevance: Cognition and Communication"

Anybody else want to share?

         Best,
         Brad

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From:           John Briggs <
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Date:           Wednesday, 4 May 2005 17:36:05 +0100
Subject: 16.0863 My Shakespeare Library
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0863 My Shakespeare Library

Bruce Richman wrote:

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

Jenkins' Introduction (150 pages) is wonderful, and unlikely ever to be
superseded.  His annotation (and 150 pages of longer notes) could, in
theory, be added to - but in practice that is unlikely.  However, his
text is a conflated one, and is now hopelessly out of date.  Which is
why there will be an Arden3 - currently scheduled for February 2006,
although I'm not holding my breath.

John Briggs

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From:           Thomas Pendleton <
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Date:           Wednesday, 4 May 2005 19:56:37 -0400
Subject: 16.0863 My Shakespeare Library
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0863 My Shakespeare Library

Since Al Magary makes so many and such useful contributions to SHAKSPER,
I hope I am in small part repaying him by suggesting that both F. E.
Halliday's A Shakespeare Companion, 1564-1964, and Campbell and Quinn's
Reader's Encyclopedia of Shakespeare are in my experience far superior
to Boyce's Shakespeare A to Z.  If, as is more than possible, Al has
both titles and disagrees about their usefulness, this may be a rare
case of Al Magary being wrong.

Tom Pendleton

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