Edmond Malone, Shakespearean Scholar: A Literary Biography

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Edmond Malone (1741–1812) was the greatest early editor of Shakespeare's works, the first historian of early English drama, the biographer of Shakespeare, Dryden and Reynolds, and a relentless exposer of literary fraud and forgery. His dedication to discovering the facts of literary history through manuscripts and early editions laid the foundations for the scholar's code and the modern study of literature. Yet he was also a gregarious man, attracting many friends and enemies among his contemporaries. This first ...

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Edmond Malone (1741–1812) was the greatest early editor of Shakespeare's works, the first historian of early English drama, the biographer of Shakespeare, Dryden and Reynolds, and a relentless exposer of literary fraud and forgery. His dedication to discovering the facts of literary history through manuscripts and early editions laid the foundations for the scholar's code and the modern study of literature. Yet he was also a gregarious man, attracting many friends and enemies among his contemporaries. This first modern full-length biography of Edmond Malone illuminates in a unique way both the intensely private world of the scholar and the highly public world of the late eighteenth-century artistic, intellectual and political elite, including Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sarah Siddons and James Boswell.

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List of illustrations; Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Irish beginnings; 2. 'Shakspearomania'; 3. Dr Johnson and the club; 4. Courtship, books, forgeries, and Horace Walpole; 5. Scholarship and strife; 6. 'O Brave We!': helping Boswell with the Tour of the Hebrides; 7. Deep in Shakespeare; 8. Boswell's Life of Johnson; 9. Interruptions and disappointments; 10. The club of Hercules: exposing Shakespeare forgeries; 11. Art and politics: homage to Reynolds and Burke; 12. John Dryden and the closing of the century; 13. Signs of weariness; 14. 'The last of the Shakspearians'; Epilogue: The Malone–Boswell Third Variorum Edition (1821); Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2002

    The Adventures of a Scholar

    For anyone interested in the history of English literature, the eighteenth century, and Shakespeare, this book provides a dramatic and readable insight into how one of England's greatest literary scholars discovered much of what we know about all these subjects. A friend of Dr. Johnson, Boswell, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and many other luminaries in the late 18th century, Malone gives new meaning to Dr. Johnson's statement that the life of a scholar who spends much of his life in a study can be a fascinating subject for a biography.

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