The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0365  Tuesday, 25 February 2003

From:           Graham Hall <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 24 Feb 2003 23:56:50 +0000
Subject:        Editorial Marginalia

John Briggs writes (23 Feb 14.0340); "There is a far simpler explanation
for FF stage directions, one which is clearest in the case of 1H4, but
which could well also apply to the other texts in question, especially
MND and Titus - that they derive from late (post c.1609) theatrical

A theory not without its apostles. And like matters biblical may contain
some truth. But it is not likely to apply to all the texts or to all the
s.d.s. To consider the problem from this perspective provides difficulty
in accounting for those of "practical theatricality" of the latter that
are "missing". At least it does if we are not to blunt old whatsisname's
razor, for example by introducing scribbling bookkeepers, scribes,
interfering actors, textual polishers, etc.- their name is legion and
they have to come in battalions. Moreover, "edit" takes up small room
but has large reckoning. As I am currently working on the topic, I can
say no more.

It is possible, of course, if you pick and choose - the last tactic of a
scoundrel - who did what to which, where and when. But such argument
always has the nit-picking hoi poloi baying.

Best wishes,
Graham Hall.

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