The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0344 Thursday, 18 July 2013
Date: July 17, 2013 6:09:06 AM EDT
Subject: Re: SHAKSPER: 1st F Editor
This is an intriguing notion, but it strikes me that there is a serious obstacle to be overcome before we can take it seriously. Two hundred years or so of bibliographical research has identified ten separate compositors, each with his own unique tendencies, who set the Folio from a variety of earlier texts, including the author’s foul papers, his fair papers, scribal copies, prompt books and one or more quarto editions, or a combination of these. If Florio or anyone else served as overall editor, how did he convey his emendations to the compositors? If he prepared new “edited” copies of the plays, why is there no hint of this in the F1 versions, and why did he do nothing to smooth out the stylistic variants introduced by the compositors?
Perhaps these questions are answered in the book. We shall have to wait to read it, I suppose.