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A Note About Editions and Quoting (Redux)

I'll update my earlier message about editions and quoting:

For Macbeth, I will be using the featured Barnes and Noble edition. Quotes from the play that I include in my posts (unless otherwise noted) come from that edition, and are cited accordingly.

The Barnes and Noble edition is very good. The annotations are helpful, the introduction is insightful, and the supplementary information is useful and interesting. I encourage you to buy it.

Another edition which I highly recommend is Macbeth: Texts and Contexts, edited by William C. Carroll. In addition to the play, this edition includes excerpts from primary sources, both historical and cultural, that help to explain the play and its times. And you can purchase it from Barnes and Noble. Here's the website:

But any annotated edition will work just fine for our discussions. Different editions, however, may have different line numbers. So you should bear that in mind when you are providing the line numbers for any quotes you may include in your posts, or when you are looking up quotes others have included in theirs.

For those of you not familiar with the convention, when citing Shakespeare, most people use this method: (1.2.3-10). The first number is the act, followed by the number of the scene, then finally the line number(s). So a quote from act 5, scene 1, lines 25-30 would be: (5.1.25-30). The citation lets people know where in the play you found the lines, so they can look them up if they wish.

It's also helpful when quoting more than one line of poetry to show the line breaks, like this: "And tragical, my noble lord, it is. / For Pyramus therein doth kill himself" (5.1.70-71). The forward slash indicates that the line ends there.

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