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Episode Outline after the break.The First Folio
2. First Folio
2. What's the deal with the first Folio?
1. one of the most significant books of the century, it's either that or KJV
3. Making the First Folio
1. Shakespeare was dead for seven years
2. Heminges and Condell did not have a complete a perfect copy, many plays are quite poor
3. It appears they didn't have originals, or had poor originals, or had to gather materials from others
4. Jaggard's printing press
1. Jaggard had made a book that pirated WH's stuff, but there's no one else to go to for this kind of job
5. Printers would gladly edit stuff they didn't like, and there are many printing errors, only a few of them corrected with later copies
6. This means that few if any copies can be described as identical
4. What's in the first folio
1. Pretty crummy, as a book
1. Looks unimpressive, physically. Bland cover.
2. Typing is often foreign, including the funky f->s deal, and v->u
3. Latin Stage directions, act and scene names
1. Brief Poem by BJ about portrait
2. crummy drawring, even if WH looked generally like this, he's probably not lopsided
3. Messages by Heminges and Condell
1. 1 to the patrons
1. William Earl of Pembroke
2. Philip Earl of Montgomery
2. 1 to the peoples
1. This is the codification of the genres
1. Dedications at the time
1. Sort of like the bits on the back of books, where it quotes some guy
2. Most people (later in the century) have a lot more dedications, that one guy even had one that said "I was asked for a dedication, this guy's is a jerk"
2. Dedications in the Folio
1. Ben Jonson ("BI")
1. references william basse, who wanted chaucer, spencer, and beaumont to make some space in Westminster Abbey
2. Sweet Swan of Avon
2. Hugh Holland best described as "Some Guy"
3. L. Digges
4. J.M. (Possibly James Mabbe, also some guy)
6. Principle Actors
1. William Shakespeare, front and center
1. Plays of various qualities
1. Compared to Quartos, etc
2. It's extremely probable that it's impossible to isolate a true shakespeare, but also probable that there's no true version of a given play, any play has alterations from its first writing and final performance
2. Names briefly fall into Richard and Will (assumed to be Kemp) for a scene, the names of the actors, rather than the characters
3. There is some belief that "Typos" in the Folio indicate acting clues, such as capitalization indicating emphasis, etc.
5. Authorship relationship
1. The dedications from Heminges and Condell are a problem for conspiracy theorists
2. Stratford Monument and Sweet Swan of Avon
3. Why does it say "William Shakespeare?" Publications had to be approved by the state.
4. Mark Anderson says that the works were held by Oxford's family, this is inconsistent with quality of plays being so erratic
6. What's not in the first folio
1. Pericles and Two Noble Kinsmen
3. Venus and Adonis
4. Phoenix and the Turtle
5. Apocryphal plays
6. A couple real plays
1. Very expensive to purchase
2. Available online in multiple places
1. Coriolanus is being made into a movie. Starring Ralph Fiennes.
2. I may have to do some hosting shenanigans, the website will remain the same, but iTunes feeds may get confused. All episodes will be available for the foreseeable future. No plans to make this some sort of "Subscription only" archive access or something.
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