The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0107  Thursday, 20 January 2005

From:           John Briggs <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Wednesday, 19 Jan 2005 14:36:51 -0000
Subject:        Oxford Complete Works, Second Edition

I was eagerly perusing Oxford University Press catalogues in the hope of
spotting the remaining volumes of the Oxford Shakespeare, when I came
across an announcement for a second edition of The Oxford Shakespeare:
The Complete Works, due for publication in April.  I see that "The
second edition includes Edward III and the full text of 'Sir Thomas
More', thus completing the Canon" - a statement which raises rather more
questions than it answers! (Might I be the the first to suggest that it
constitutes a rather loose Canon?)

Will there be a single-volume edition of Edward III (to rival the New
Cambridge version)?  Or of 'Sir Thomas More'?  I seem to remember
Stanley Wells lamenting the pitiful combined sales of all three rival
editions of The Two Noble Kinsmen.  I think I would prefer to see a
single-volume edition of the Folio text of King Lear - I also seem to
remember Stanley Wells giving what appeared to be convincing reasons why
this was not possible, but I see from the catalogue that Oxford World's
Classics publish separate single-volume editions of both the 1818 text
of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and the 1831 text!

Is it too much to hope that "Shall I Die?" will be removed from the Canon?

John Briggs

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