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First Folio Function
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0978  Tuesday, 24 May 2005

From:           Peter Groves <
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Date:           Tuesday, 24 May 2005 07:36:33 +1000
Subject: 16.0971 First Folio Function
Comment:        RE: SHK 16.0971 First Folio Function

M Yawney asks "Is finding the best text just something done for the sake
of doing it? Ultimately the work is done so that it is of service to
actors, directors, audiences, and readers of Shakespeare, is it not?"  I
couldn't agree more. Restoring Shakespeare's verse (as mangled by
contemporary printing-houses)is surely a great service to actors,
directors, audiences, and readers of Shakespeare.

David Lindley writes "The point, I think, is precisely that the
'vandalism' is not 'methodical', or, at least, not always consistent."
Quite: I should have said "sometimes methodical". I was trying to make
the point (perhaps too economically) that the problem was not simply
'error' (since this would seem to imply a great deal of error).

As for Steve Urkowitz's point that small children may come to regard
unedited early printed texts of Shakespeare as "'the real' versions", I
have no doubt of it.

Peter Groves

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