The Second Material Version of Scene 4 of Sir Thomas More
Paul Werstine
King's College, University of Western Ontario

Werstine, Paul. "The Second Material Version of Scene 4 of Sir Thomas More." Early Modern Literary Studies 7.3 (January, 2002): 16.1 <URL:

  1. Gabriel Egan's latest objection [1] to my "Hypertext and Editorial Myth" [2] is self-evidently fallacious. His objection this time is that the second version of scene 4 in the More manuscript must be an imaginary or ideal construction, rather than, as I have called it, a "material text," simply because, in this second version, the scene's initial stage directions, appearing as they do in a different opening of the manuscript from the beginning of the scene's dialogue, could not be captured in the same photographic image as this dialogue.


1. Gabriel Egan, "Idealist and Materialist Interpretations of BL Harley 7368, the Sir Thomas More Manuscript." Online (http://purl.oclc.org./emls/07-2/egannote.htm). Early Modern Literary Studies 7.2 (2001).

2. Paul Werstine, "Hypertext and Editorial Myth." Online (http://purl.oclc.org/emls/03-3/wersshak.html). Internet. 17 May 1998, Early Modern Literary Studies 3.3 (1998).


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