The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1740 Thursday, 13 October 2005
From: Stephen R Miller <
Date: Thursday, 13 Oct 2005 09:03:07 +0100
Subject: RE: A Shrew
If the current state of scholarship concerning A Shrew is murky, as
Larry Weiss states, the reason surely lies in the popular, but murky,
quartos of A Shrew itself. Years of investigating this text for my
modern-spelling edition left me convinced of theory 4b as he lists them -
>4. A Shrew is a revision of The Shrew
> b. by someone else (any ideas who?)
I cannot say 'who' though the sources were memorial, I feel.
On the question of what happened to the Sly continuation, a suggestion:
The F1 text was published in 1623 by which time Shakespeare<RIGHT
SINGLE QUOTATION MARK>s The Shrew may have acquired its sequel. If the
players produced the two plays together, it would be logical for them to
omit the Sly conclusion to The Shrew with its apparent closure of the
thread to be taken up afresh by The Tamer Tam'd.
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