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Who Edited Shakespeare?


The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0374  Tuesday, 30 July 2013


From:        Duncan Salkeld < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         July 30, 2013 8:05:05 AM EDT

Subject:     RE: Who Editied Shakespeare? 


As my next book will show, William Jaggard lived in the same street as the Burbages in 1603 (Holywell, Shoreditch), so it’s not implausible to think that Richard Burbage might, somewhere along the line, have had a hand in the text. He knew the parts, and even named the 6-yr old daughter he buried in 1608 ‘Juliet’ (elsewhere ‘Julia’). Jaggard only started publishing plays in 1604 (for Thomas Pavier) so perhaps his association with the Burbages began around then. But of course, the most precise answer to ‘who edited Shakespeare?’, beyond Heminges and Condell, and maybe Crane, is: we don’t know. 


Duncan Salkeld

Shakespeare Among the Courtesans: Prostitution, Literature and Drama, 1500-1650


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