The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0374 Tuesday, 30 July 2013
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.
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