John Payne Collier: Scholarship and Forgery in the Nineteenth Century, Volumes 1 and 2

John Payne Collier: Scholarship and Forgery in the Nineteenth Century, Volumes 1 and 2

by Arthur Freeman, Janet Ing Freeman
     
 

John Payne Collier (1789-1883), one of the most controversial figures in the history of literary scholarship, pursued a double career. A prolific and highly influential writer on the drama, poetry, and popular prose of Shakespeare's age, Collier was at the same time the promulgator of a great body of forgeries and false evidence, seriously affecting the text and… See more details below

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John Payne Collier (1789-1883), one of the most controversial figures in the history of literary scholarship, pursued a double career. A prolific and highly influential writer on the drama, poetry, and popular prose of Shakespeare's age, Collier was at the same time the promulgator of a great body of forgeries and false evidence, seriously affecting the text and biography of Shakespeare and many others. This monumental two-volume work for the first time addresses the whole of Collier's activity, systematically sorting out his genuine achievements from his impostures. Arthur and Janet Freeman reassess the scholar-forger's long life, milieu, and relations with a large circle of associates and rivals while presenting a chronological bibliography of his extensive publications, all fully annotated with regard to their creditability. The authors also survey the broader history of literary forgery in Great Britain and consider why so talented a man not only yielded to its temptations but also persisted in it throughout his life.

Author Biography: Arthur Freeman and Janet Ing Freeman are widely published independent scholars living in London.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300096613
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/10/2004
Series:
Elizabethan Club Series
Pages:
1532
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 3.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

VOLUME....................I
List of Illustrations....................ix
Preface....................xi
Acknowledgements....................xvii
Abbreviations in the Text and Notes....................xxi
A Note on Spelling and Transcription....................xxvii
I. The Life of John Payne Collier PART ONE: 1789-1820....................3
PART TWO: 1821-31....................101
PART THREE: THE 1830S (I)....................149
PART FOUR: THE 1830S (II)....................228
PART FIVE: THE SOCIETIES AND SHAKESPEARE (I)....................316
PART SIX: THE SOCIETIES AND SHAKESPEARE (II)....................377
PART SEVEN: SHAKESPEARIANA....................446
PART EIGHT: THE PERKINS FOLIO (I)....................563
PART NINE: AWAY FROM PERKINS....................640
PART TEN: THE PERKINS FOLIO (II)....................718
VOLUME II PART ELEVEN: AFTER PERKINS....................825
PART TWELVE: THE LONG LAST YEARS....................898
EPILOGUE: PROPERTY AND REPUTATION....................996
APPENDICES I. Collier's Physical Forgeries....................1031
II. Red Herrings....................1037
III. Collier's Pseudonyms....................1042
IV. Publications on the 'Perkins Folio', 1852-62....................1049
V. Books Dedicated to Collier....................1055
II. Bibliography of Works by John Payne Collier INTRODUCTION....................1059
A. BOOKS AND PAMPHLETS....................1064
B. CONTRIBUTIONS TO BOOKS AND PERIODICALS....................1347
C. INDIRECT CONTRIBUTIONS....................1393
D. REJECTED AND DOUBTFULATTRIBUTIONS....................1395
WORKS CITED Manuscript Sources for the Life of Collier....................1399
Printed Sources....................1402
INDEX....................1423

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