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Who's this critic?
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0790  Thursday, 14 September 2006

[1] 	From: 	Peter Holland <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 12 Sep 2006 14:12:27 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0781 Who's this critic?

[2] 	From: 	John Briggs <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 12 Sep 2006 21:53:21 +0100
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[3] 	From: 	Julia Griffin <
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	Date: 	Wednesday, 13 Sep 2006 06:00:14 -0400
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From: 		Peter Holland <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 12 Sep 2006 14:12:27 -0400
Subject: 17.0781 Who's this critic?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0781 Who's this critic?

 >A few years ago, in my unsystematic way of reading, I came
 >across a book of Shakespearean criticism whose author
 >suggested, among other things, that Iago's puzzling "damn'd
 >in a fair wife" might be emended to "limn'd in a fair wife".
 >Can anyone tell me who the critic was?  I desperately want to
 >read her again (for the other things).

I'm pretty damn sure that this is Barbara Everett in 'Two Damned Cruces' 
(RES 37 [1986]), reprinted in her 1989 collection from Clarendon Press, 
Young Hamlet.

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From: 		John Briggs <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 12 Sep 2006 21:53:21 +0100
Subject: 17.0781 Who's this critic?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0781 Who's this critic?

Scot Zarela wrote:

 >A few years ago, in my unsystematic way of reading, I came
 >across a book of Shakespearean criticism whose author
 >suggested, among other things, that Iago's puzzling "damn'd
 >in a fair wife" might be emended to "limn'd in a fair wife".
 >Can anyone tell me who the critic was?  I desperately want to
 >read her again (for the other things).

I personally would not wish to read that again.  The emendation has the 
disadvantage of not making any more sense than the original.  Michael 
Neill in his Oxford edition (2006) suggests that this remark is 
"Apparently based on the Italian proverb 'L'hai tolta bella? Tuo danno' 
('Have you a fair wife? Then you're damned')" - but offers no 
elucidation of its meaning in this or any other context!

John Briggs

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From: 		Julia Griffin <
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Date: 		Wednesday, 13 Sep 2006 06:00:14 -0400
Subject: 17.0781 Who's this critic?
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0781 Who's this critic?

The critic you are looking for is Barbara Everett.  The article is 
called "Two Damn'd Cruces", but I'm afraid I don't remember where it 
appeared.  MLA Bib will tell you, though.

Julia

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