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Good night, sweet prince
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0031  Wednesday, 15 February 2006

From: 		Carol Barton <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 14 Feb 2006 17:57:22 -0500
Subject: 	Good night, sweet prince

I bear sad tidings.

On Saturday, the community of Milton and Shakespeare scholars was 
bereaved of one of its most affable members, a scholar not only willing 
to share the fruits of his long labor in the vineyard, but quick to 
offer avuncular encouragement and guidance to least of us, and warm and 
witty and funny to the end.

William Bridges Hunter, Jr., A.B., Princeton University; M.A., Ph.D., 
Vanderbilt University, Southern gentleman and citizen of the world in 
the best sense of those terms, as well as editor of the original _Milton 
Encyclopedia_ on which so many of us cut our teeth, editor-by-default of 
V.7 of the YP,  editor of _The Complete Poetry of Ben Jonson_, and 
author of _Visitation Unimplor'd_ (along with scholarly essays too 
numerous to mention), visionary, iconoclast, friend, and teacher left 
this world a little colder on Saturday, 11 February 2006.

His last efforts were focused on a collection of essays on _Midsummer 
Night's Dream_, which he wrote from a wheelchair, bound there by a 
medically inexplicable paralysis that frustrated his mind, but not his soul.

He will be deeply mourned, and sadly missed, especially by those of us 
who had the good fortune to bask in his light.

The funeral arrangements are undetermined at this writing, but his 
widow, Margaret, resides at 925 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410, 
and would, I'm sure, be comforted by our expressions of respect and 
condolence.

With sad heart,
Carol Barton

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