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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1416  Monday, 29 August 2005

[1] 	From: 	Marcus Dahl <
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	Date: 	Friday, 26 Aug 2005 12:54:15 +0100
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 16.1407 Wager

[2] 	From: 	Michael Egan <
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	Date: 	Friday, 26 Aug 2005 06:12:45 -1000
	Subj: 	1 Richard II Title

[3] 	From: 	Michael Egan <
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	Date: 	Sunday, 28 Aug 2005 09:06:31 -1000
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1407 Wager

[4] 	From: 	Ward Elliott <
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	Date: 	Sunday, 28 Aug 2005 19:41:56 -0700
	Subj: 	RE: SHK 16.1407 Wager


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From: 		Marcus Dahl <
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Date: 		Friday, 26 Aug 2005 12:54:15 +0100
Subject: 16.1407 Wager
Comment: 	RE: SHK 16.1407 Wager

Dear All,

Normally I am quite conservative on the issue of naming of plays - but I 
have to disagree with Al Margary on this one.

Consider the title page:

THE FIRST PART OF THE REIGN OF KING RICHARD THE SECOND OR THOMAS OF
WOODSTOCK

The play's second title is 'Thomas of Woodstock'. I feel that the 
abbreviation 1 Richard II is justified from this as 1HVI is an 
appropriate abbreviation for The First Part of Henry VI.

And I say this as someone who also doubts whether Shakespeare was the 
play's author.

Calling the play simply 'Thomas of Woodstock' is a bit like calling 
Twelfth Night, 'What You Will'.

I would be interested to know more of Al's views on the play though - 
let's see some more evidence of doubt!!

All the best,
Marcus

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From: 		Michael Egan <
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Date: 		Friday, 26 Aug 2005 06:12:45 -1000
Subject: 	1 Richard II Title

I'm sorry to annoy Al, but he doesn't know the history of this anonymous 
and untitled MS (its cover is missing). The play's first and second 
editors (Halliwell and Keller) called it Richard II, Part One and so did 
E.K. Chambers in The Elizabethan Stage. In the 1920s a cabal of critics 
led by F.S. Boas began insisting that it should be retitled Woodstock so 
as 'to avoid confusion with Shake

 

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