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12 January 2009 @ 02:10 pm
further signs of dorkitude: new books edition  
--I am now the proud owner of Patterns of Fashion 4: The cut and construction of linen shirts, smocks, neckwear, headwear and accessories for men and women, c. 1540-1660, by Janet Arnold (with additional material by Jenny Tiramani and Santina M. Levey). I suppose the title tells you what it's about. It's got shirts and collars and color photos and lace, and it is lovely. Actually, this was a Christmas present (my mother, who is also lovely, ordered it for me from Amazon UK), but I just got it back, in the box of things I got over the holidays but couldn't fit into my suitcase.

--I also bought the Arden 2 edition of Hamlet at a used bookstore. This made sense, because I didn't have a conflated single edition to work from. The dorky part is that now I can't bring myself to take notes in it, for some reason, so unless I get over this, I think I'm still going to have to order the New Cambridge edition as a working copy. The Arden is still certainly worth having for Harold Jenkins' notes, and it was maybe five dollars, but still.

--And I also got The Secret of the Rose by Sarah L. Thomson (which I had already read), because it is a children's book involving a cross-dressed heroine named Rosalind, crypto-Catholicism, the Rose Theatre (duh), and Christopher Marlowe. What's not to like?

This post brought to you by my complete and total inability to finish grading.
La Reine Noire: Studious Veronicalareinenoire on January 12th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
It took me a while to get over writing notes in my Arden 3s but I realised it was far more useful than being annoyed with myself for forgetting something interesting if all I had with me was the book and not my notebook. I have made a point of using different colours of ink every time I do a full readthrough, though.
tempestsarekind: hamlet/horatio OTPtempestsarekind on January 12th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
I generally don't mind taking notes in the Arden 3s, because most of those I bought fairly recently or was given them as desk copies for a class. I figure they're still in print, so I could find another if I really needed it. I think it's the out-of-printness of the Arden 2 Hamlet that is giving me problems.

I should probably switch to different colors of pen, though--currently I can only take notes in books in pencil, which is not exactly helpful for differentiating. Though (and this is mildly disturbing, since I would like to think that my thoughts are maturing in some way) I've taken the same notes in different editions of the same play, so perhaps there wouldn't really be that much to differentiate anyway...