Digitizing Bodleian Library First Folio

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0334  Monday, 13 August 2012

 

From:              Mario A. DiCesare <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:               August 3, 2012 4:12:51 PM EDT

Subject:           Digitizing Shakespeare

 

One of the enthusiastic people who has taken a couple of Shakespeare courses with me forwarded the following announcement. I don’t know where she came across it.

 

An Effort to Put First Edition of Shakespeare Online

By ROBIN POGREBIN

 

A campaign is under way to digitize and make available online the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, known as the First Folio.

 

A cadre of celebrities – including the actors Vanessa Redgrave and Stephen Fry and the theater director Peter Hall – are championing the fund-raising effort by the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, “Sprint for Shakespeare,” which started this week. The campaign aims to raise £20,000 (about $31,000) through private contributions.

 

Once online, the folio will be available free, accompanied by articles and blogs from academics, other specialists, theater professionals and the public.

 

While copies of the book are not uncommon, the Bodleian’s First Folio is rare because it has not been rebound or restored in the almost four centuries since it first entered the library late in 1623. Its marks reveal the tastes of early readers; the pages of “Romeo and Juliet” are worn almost to shreds, while “King John” is virtually pristine. The volume, which was apparently sold by the library in the 1660’s, returned after a public fund-raising campaign at the turn of the 20th century to buy it from the family that owned it.

 

Oxford will be marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016.

 

“The Shakespeare First Folio is the most important secular book in the history of the western world,” said Jonathan Bate, a Shakespeare scholar at Oxford. “The digitization of the Bodleian copy, with its strange and eventful history, is a great project.” 

 

Information Please: Beerbohm Tree as Antony

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0333  Monday, 13 August 2012

 

From:        John Cox <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 3, 2012 2:04:22 PM EDT

Subject:     Information Please: Beerbohm Tree as Antony

 

For the Broadview edition of Julius Caesar, I’d like to use the painting (or is it a photograph?) of Herbert Beerbohm Tree playing Antony in 1898 at Her Majesty’s Theatre. For this purpose, I need a high-resolution image (1200 by 900 pixels). The best image I can find online is taken from a post card with a much lower resolution.

 

Does anyone know where the original painting or photograph is located?

 

Thanks,

John Cox

 

Actors From The London Stage: Actors From The London Stage

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0332  Monday, 13 August 2012

 

From:        Actors From The London Stage <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 7, 2012 6:09:44 PM EDT

Subject:     Upcoming Tours!

 

Actors From The London Stage

 

The Merchant of Venice

Tour Schedule: 

 

September 12, 13, 14 -- performances at Washington Hall, University of Notre Dame

September 17 - 23 -- The University of Texas at San Antonio

September 24 - 30 -- Wellesley College

October 1 - 7 -- The University of Texas at Austin

October 8 -1 4 -- The Penn State University

October 22 - 28 -- Kansas State University

 

 

We are currently booking the next two tours of Actors From The London Stage.

 

We have several weeks open for booking of our Spring 2013 Tour of Hamlet , which commences January 21 and concludes March 10.

 

Our Fall 2013 tour will be Othello and is available for bookings now.

 

Contact Chuck Gessert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. now to book your residency

 

BSA’s Biannual Magazine ‘Teaching Shakespeare’

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0331  Monday, 13 August 2012

 

From:        BSA <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         August 6, 2012 8:56:14 AM EDT

Subject:     BSA’s Biannual Magazine ‘Teaching Shakespeare’

 

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The next two issues of the BSA’s biannual magazine Teaching Shakespeare

 

The next two issues of Teaching Shakespeare will appear in September 2012 and February 2013. Members of the BSA will receive electronic copies.

 

Print copies will also be available to members and non-members (£10 for the two issues, postage and packing included). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to take up this offer.

 

After publication of the third issue, in February 2013, we shall review our policy to decide if we are
able to continue producing both print and digital versions, or whether we shall publish the magazine in a ‘digital-only’ format.

 

Please help! Here’s how you can help us to keep Teaching Shakespeare in print:

Ask your library or department to purchase print copies of the next two issues (£10 for the two issues, postage and packing included). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to take up this offer.

 

To read the first issue of Teaching Shakespeare (February 2012), go to the BSA Education Network:
http ://shakespeareineducation  .  com/   

 

Please spread the word about the BSA, by forwarding this email to any of your contacts
 interested in teaching Shakespeare and Shakespeare in Education

 

With thanks and all good wishes,

 

James Stredder,

   Chair of the Education Committee

   The British Shakespeare Association

 

and


Sarah Olive 

   Editor

   Teaching Shakespeare

 

I’m Back and Preview of Things to Come

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0330  Monday, 13 August 2012

 

From:        Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Monday, August 13, 2012

Subject:     I’m Back and Preview of Things to Come 

 

Greeting everyone.

 

I flew back from Heathrow on Saturday and finally feel caught up on my sleep. Ironically, London was reportedly empty except in the Olympic venues, so I should have stayed a while longer after all. Nevertheless, I had an exhilarating time, visiting with old and new friends and attending some stimulating presentations and performances that I would like to report on in brief once I am caught up with other business.

 

Also, I am pleased to announce that subscriber Joe Egert has obtained from the Dugdale archives at Merevale Hall (UK) photographs of a Dugdale MS notebook page dated “1634” (Dugdale MS-Vol. VII-p.10), containing Dugdale’s handwritten transcriptions of the Holy Trinity Church epitaphs of (1) William Shakespeare, (2) his wife Anne (d.1623), (3) his daughter Susanna (d.1649), (4) his son-in-law John Hall (d.1635), and (5) his grandaughter’s husband Thomas Nashe (d.1647). These notes formed the basis of the printed versions on page 518 and 520 of Dugdale’s Antiquities of Warwickshire (1656). The Dugdale family representative has granted Joe permission to publish these facsimiles online, and he has chosen SHAKSPER as the place those images will reside. I will place these images in the Archives with the notation From the Merevale Archives with the permission of Sir William Dugdale, who retains copyright. I will also create a compilation page with the MS page and I will Photoshop closeups from that page and-or the closeups provided to create a pdf file with all the requisite images and acknowledgement. We all owe Joe Egert and the Merevale Archives thanks for allowing SHAKSPER to distribute and archive these images.

 

I have a minor eye surgery tomorrow and should have the images ready by Wednesday.

 

Hardy M. Cook 

Editor

 

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