Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 136.  Friday, 5 March 1993.
From:           Roy Flannagan <FLANNAGA@OUACCVMB>
Date:           Friday, 5 March 93, 09:01:50 EST
Subject:        Italics and "Iew"
A quick check through the OTA {Merchant of Venice}--if the italics were
all entered (and they are hard to remember, sometimes)--shows that the
compositor's practice was very irregular in the text, as compared with
the speech prefixes.  More often than not, "Iew" is not italicized.
Perhaps in the printing of the sonnets, a compositor saw the
configuration of type and italicized it in a knee-jerk reaction.
Normally italics would be used to identify proper names, with occasional
appearance on foreign or translated words and quotations.
Roy Flannagan

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