The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0338 Thursday, 16 August 2012
Date: August 16, 2012 8:38:18 AM EDT
Subject: Re: SHAKSPER: Images from the Dugdale Archive
Thank you for sharing the Dugdale Archive images!
I noticed looking through that Anne Hathaway died three months before the printing of the First Folio. I suppose there’s no way to know for sure, but is there evidence that Heminges and Condell were waiting for Anne to die before publishing the FF? Who made the financial profit from the FF? I assume that estate laws now are far different from the early modern period, and probably different in the US than they are in the UK. But I wondered if Shakespeare’s estate (and Anne) would have profited from the FF if it had been printed and sold before her death. Any experts on this subject here?