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Hand D and Sir Thomas More
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0530  Friday, 5 September 2008

[1]  From:    John Robinson <
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      Date:    Monday, 1 Sep 2008 13:00:41 EDT
      Subj:    Re: SHK 19.0522 Hand D and Sir Thomas More

[2]  From:    Michael Egan <
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      Date:    Monday, 1 Sep 2008 07:44:02 -1000
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[3]  From:    Tom Reedy <
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      Date:    Friday, 05 Sep 2008 07:49:51 -0500
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From:       John Robinson <
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Date:       Monday, 1 Sep 2008 13:00:41 EDT
Subject: 19.0522 Hand D and Sir Thomas More
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0522 Hand D and Sir Thomas More

 >A computerised comparison of the hand in Egerton 1994
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 >>and the Hand D reproductions of the More MS. in the
 >>Riverside Shakespeare (1997), shows that they
 >>certainly seem close.

Have computer analysis of style/authorship (i.e., A Funeral Elegy) ever been 
correct in regard to Shakespeare. I don't know much about it and maybe I only 
here about the failures.

Regards,
John Robinson

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From:       Michael Egan <
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Date:       Monday, 1 Sep 2008 07:44:02 -1000
Subject: 19.0522 Hand D and Sir Thomas More
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0522 Hand D and Sir Thomas More

Tom Reedy wants to know where to find a comparison of the writing hands in the 1 
Richard II (Woodstock) MS and Hand D Sir Thomas More.

The answer is, The Tragedy of Richard II Part One: A Newly Authenticated Play by 
William Shakespeare (2006). Photocopies of BL Egerton 1994 and the reproductions 
of Hand D in Riverside were scanned into my computer. Photoshop and other 
softwares allowed magnification, degraining, etc. and thus close comparison.

For what it's worth, I also determined that the scribal hand in 1 Richard II is 
not the same as Shakespeare's will.

Bob Grumman wants to know whether there are any contemporary MSS with the kind 
of extensive corrections and revisions in Hand D.  Again, the answer is the 1 
Richard II (Woodstock) MS.

Incidentally, scanning, magnifying and degraining, allowed me to resolve many of 
the textual enigmas and debates surrounding the MS of 1 Richard II. Analyses 
based on previous editions (Rossiter, Corbin and Sedge, etc., and even 
Frijlinck's Malone Society edition) are thus inherently suspect.

--Michael Egan

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From:       Tom Reedy <
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Date:       Friday, 05 Sep 2008 07:49:51 -0500
Subject: 19.0522 Hand D and Sir Thomas More
Comment:    Re: SHK 19.0522 Hand D and Sir Thomas More

This paper is one of the topics for discussion in the Forest of Arden, a 
semi-private Google group that can be read by anyone at 
http://groups.google.com/group/ForestofArden?hl=en. Details about the group's 
purpose and membership requirements are posted on the front page.

Tom Reedy

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