Quarto editions of Shakespeare's plays now viewable online

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Quarto editions of Shakespeare's plays now viewable online

Post by Archived Topic » Thu Nov 25, 2004 12:46 am

From http://uk.news.yahoo.com/040910/325/f2cme.html :

Friday, September 10, 2004, 06:35 PM

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LONDON (Reuters) - Shakespeare may have written his plays with a quill pen, but now the Bard's works are taking a leap into the digital age as the British Library publishes some of the earliest editions of his plays on a new website.

The collection includes 93 copies of 21 Shakespeare plays from Titus Andronicus to Hamlet.

Shakespeare's plays began to be printed in 1594, in the form of small, cheap pamphlets called quartos, which would have cost as little as a sixpence.

Many would have been sold to the audience after performances had finished.

But they haven't been seen in public for centuries.

"The last time the quartos were available to an audience that went beyond scholars, curators and collectors was barely a generation after Shakespeare's death," said Moira Goff, head of British Collections 1501-1800 at the library.

"Given that Shakespeare left no manuscripts behind, the quartos are as close as we are able to get to what he actually wrote," Goff added.

The plays can be viewed online at: http://www.bl.uk/treasures/shakespeare/homepage.html

Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays and collaborated on several more between about 1590 and 1613. He died in 1616.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Nov 25, 2004 1:01 am

He couldn't have foreseen the global audience he would one day attract.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Nov 25, 2004 1:15 am

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, Edwin. But must you always be so theatrical?
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Nov 25, 2004 1:29 am

I'm at that funny stage, Erik.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Nov 25, 2004 1:44 am

So, Edwin, how is your artistic temperament coming on?
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Nov 25, 2004 1:58 am

My daughter's doing quite well, thankyou Erik, but how did YOU know we've got her to paint the hall before she goes off to Uni? I must try that Yahoo search-engine.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Nov 25, 2004 2:13 am

By the way, I don't seem to be able to get to the bottom of this thing.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Nov 25, 2004 2:27 am

Yes, we're permanently treading daughter here.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Nov 25, 2004 2:41 am

You have several step-daughters?
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Nov 25, 2004 2:56 am

Yes, they are a step up from the real ones.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Nov 25, 2004 3:10 am

You're probably a better stage-coach (or quarto-master) than Mrs Worthington, Erik, but I still wouldn't advise you to put your esteemed step-daughters at risk. Take the Coward's way out.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Nov 25, 2004 3:25 am

Thanks for the suggestion, Edwin, but I regard that as the cheap Novello approach.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Nov 25, 2004 3:39 am

"Don't encourage your son to write romantic paperbacks, Catherine Cook!"?
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Nov 25, 2004 3:53 am

The scansion police are looking for you, Edwin.
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Post by Archived Reply » Thu Nov 25, 2004 4:08 am

No doubt my sentence will be commuted.

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