Hemminge


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Noun1.Hemminge - English actor who edited the first folio of Shakespeare's plays (1556-1630)Hemminge - English actor who edited the first folio of Shakespeare's plays (1556-1630)
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Thus even as "individual printed plays were beginning to emerge as a marketable commodity," and "began to be separated from all other books" in booksellers' catalogues, as Adam Hooks has observed, the folios' front matter seems to push against that separation by design, constructing Shakespeare and his reputation through a comprehensive body of work rather than on specific "hits." (54) In their opening salvo, Hemminge and Condell consign specific characters and individual plays to the status of "Orphans," but imply that there is no need to name them now that their efforts have seen them safely reincorporated within a family.
To restate Erne's central arguments--with a little help from Hemminge and Condell--when "His hand and mind went together," many of the plays "as he conceived their spilled from Shakespeare's pen as long literary texts for the printing house, texts that he knew would have to be cut and simplified for the playhouse so as to appeal to a less literary crowd.
(30) William Hemminge's Elegy on Randolph's Finger, ed.