Editing Shakespeare

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Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 31

Just what exactly does it mean to edit the works of Shakespeare, particularly since we have no surviving manuscript copies? Why is it that new editions of the plays continue to be published?
 
In this episode of Shakespeare Unlimited, Rebecca Sheir interviews Paul Werstine and Suzanne Gossett about the how and why of editing Shakespeare.
 
Since 1989, Paul Werstine has been the co-editor of the Folger Editions, along with Barbara Mowat. He’s also a professor of English at King’s University College in London, Ontario. 
 
Suzanne Gossett is co-general-textual editor of The Norton Shakespeare, 3rd Edition and professor emerita of English at Loyola University in Chicago. She has also edited the Arden Shakespeare edition of Pericles and is a past president of the Shakespeare Association of America.  
 
The title of this episode is "The Dedicated Words Which Writers Use."
 
"The dedicated words which writers use / Of their fair subject, blessing every book." Sonnet 82
 

From the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series. Published September 9, 2015. © Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved.
 
This episode was produced by Richard Paul.  Garland Scott is the associate producer.  It was edited by Gail Kern Paster and Esther Ferington.  
 
We had help from Aileen Humphreys at WAMU-FM in Washington and Mary Gaffney at WBEZ, Chicago.  
 

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