The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0316  Tuesday, 24 July 2012

From:        Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:         July 24, 2012 9:05:18 AM EDT
Subject:     Re: Shand

I mentioned the claim that King Lear Q1(u)’s “take up to keep” could have been turned into F’s “Take up, take up” by Shakespeare himself when revising the play by annotating an exemplar of Q1 (one containing this uncorrected reading). Gerald Downs dismissed the possibility with “no author would revise other people”s travesties”. So, I pointed out that James Joyce and Charles Dickens did, as shown by Gary Taylor.

Downs now writes:

> But Stone and I, if I may speak for him, are talking
> about the many manifest errors in Q1. By "travesties"
> I take the whole of the corruption into account.

No, with respect Gerald, we were both referring to this one specific variant, not a set of others.

I’d be grateful if you’d either acknowledge the possibility in respect of this variant, or else show why we shouldn’t accept the possibility in this case.

And could you also please answer the question of why you’re sure I was the reviewer of your rejected journal article. If you’re no longer sure, a statement to that effect would do instead.


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