Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 500. Monday, 23 August 1993.
Date: Friday, 20 Aug 93 16:22:28-0400
Subject: Shakespeare & Audio
I believe the original question concerned a complete set of
Shakespeare on audio, but having read through so many interesting
titles suggested on SHAKSPER, I thought I'd inquire: does anyone
know what the earliest recorded Shakespeare passage was, and who
recorded it? I had heard that Edwin Booth made a recording in the
late 1880's, but I've never seen it catalogued in any archive, and
certainly haven't found it in a recorded collection. I also believe
there is a Berliner record of the 1890's called "Marc Antony's Curse,"
but I have been unable to ascertain whether it was Shakespeare or not.