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- DescriptionThe paratexts in early modern English playbooks - the materials to be found primarily in their preliminary pages and end matter - provide a rich source of information for scholars interested in Shakespeare, Renaissance drama and the history of the book. In addition, these materials offer valuable insights into the rise of dramatic authorship in print, early modern attitudes towards theatre, torious literary wrangles and the production of drama both on the stage and in the printing house. This unique two-volume reference is the first to include all paratextual materials in early modern English playbooks, from the emergence of print drama to the closure of the theatres in 1642. The texts have been transcribed from their original versions and presented in old-spelling. With an introduction, user's guide, multiple indices and a finding list, the editors provide a comprehensive overview of seminal texts which have never before been fully transcribed, antated and cross-referenced.
- Author BiographyThomas L. Berger is Piskor Professor Emeritus of St Lawrence University and is currently Scholar in Residence at Mary Baldwin College. His research interests are focused on early modern English drama, with a concentration on textual and bibliographical matters, and his publications include Which Shakespeare? A User's Guide to Editions (1991) with Ann Thompson, A. R. Braunmuller, Philip Edwards and Lois Potter, and An Index of Characters in Early Modern English Printed Drama (1999) with William Bradford and Sidney Sondergard. He is also the co-editor, with Laurie E. Maguire, of Textual Formations and Reformations (1999). His articles and reviews have been published in Shakespeare Quarterly, Renaissance Quarterly and Shakespeare Studies. Sonia Massai is Reader in Shakespeare Studies at King's College London. She is the author of Shakespeare and the Rise of the Editor (2007) and contributor to and editor of World-Wide Shakespeare: Local Appropriations in Film and Performance (2005). Her publications on early modern print history have appeared in Shakespeare Survey, The Oxford Handbook to Shakespeare, Renaissance Paratexts, Shakespeare and the Arts, The Blackwell Companion to Shakespeare and the Text and Textual Performances. She has edited 'Tis Pity She's a Whore for the Arden Early Modern Drama series, The Wise Woman of Hoxton for the Globe Quarto series and Titus Andronicus for the New Penguin Shakespeare. She is currently writing a new book on Shakespeare and Global Modernity and co-editing The Cambridge Handbook to Shakespeare and Textual Studies with Margaret Jane Kidnie.
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication24/04/2014
- FormatMultiple copy pack
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note3 b/w illus.
- Weight2440 g
- Width189 mm
- Height246 mm
- Spine68 mm
- Edited bySonia Massai,Thomas L. Berger
- Contained items statementContains 2 Hardbacks
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