The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0746 Wednesday, 20 April 2005
Date: Wednesday, 20 Apr 2005 10:38:27 -0400
Subject: 16.0740 Ralph Crane: Accidental Editor
Comment: Re: SHK 16.0740 Ralph Crane: Accidental Editor
In re Elliott Stone's assertion:
"We all know that Jonson's fingerprints are all over the front matter of
the First Folio including having written the very material that Heminges
and Condell's names were subscribed."
No, we don't all know that. We know Jonson wrote some dedicatory poetry.
As to writing Condell and Heminges' notes, with their famous claim that
Shakespeare scarcely blotted line--they were Jonson's target in later
life for what he took to be condoning something he considered a fault on
Shakespeare's part. As for editing the texts--not a scintilla of evidence.
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