Shakespeare in Print: A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing

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Overview

Shakespeare in Print is the first-ever comprehensive account of Shakespeare publishing and an indispensable research resource. Andrew Murphy sets out the history of the Shakespeare text from the Renaissance through to the twenty-first century, from the twin perspectives of editing and publishing history. Murphy tackles issues of editorial and textual theory in an accessible and engaging manner. He draws on a wide range of archival materials and attends to topics little explored by previous scholars, such as the importance of Scottish and Irish editions in the eighteenth century, the rise of the educational edition and the history and significance of mass-market editions. The extensive appendix is an invaluable reference tool which provides full publishing details of all single-text Shakespeare editions up to 1709 and all collected editions up to 1821. The listing also provides full details of a selected range of major editions beyond these dates to the present day.
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"Every once in a while, a new study is published whose usefulness is so obvious and its interest such that one can only wonder why no one else has attempted to fill the gap before. Andrew Murphy's Shakespeare in Print is a case in point. It offers no less than the first-ever history of Shakespeare publishing and editing from the late sixteenth to the early twenty-first century. [...] Not content to produce an indispensable reference work, he has simultaneously written an immensely entertaining narrative that makes for compulsive reading. [This book is] not only the authoritative scholarly history of Shakespeare publishing and editing but also a page-turner which many readers will find difficult to put down." Around the Globe (UK)

"This is an exciting book... [Murphy's] book is an attempt 'to meld editing and publishing history, in order to produce as multifaceted an account of the history of the reproduction of the Shakespeare text as possible.' The author succeeds brilliantly... Murphy's study contains a plethora of information and constitutes a major achievement." The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America

"Andrew Murphy generally allows his history to speak for itself and resists making judgements, but what he has done is important, and his very readable and well-organized book will find a place in any courses on editing and bibliography, and should appeal to a much wider audience" - Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England, R.A. Foakes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521046008
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 520
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Murphy is Reader in English Literature at the University of St Andrews.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Part one Text
1 The early quartos 15
2 Early collected editions 36
3 The Tonson era 1: Rowe to Warburton 57
4 The Tonson era 2: Johnson to Malone 80
5 Copyright disputes: English publishers 101
6 Copyright disputes: Scottish and Irish publishers 121
7 American editions 142
8 Nineteenth-century popular editions 167
9 Nineteenth-century scholarly editions 188
10 The New Bibliography 208
11 The later twentieth century 237
Conclusion: Twenty-first century Shakespeares 261
Pt. 2 Appendix Chronological appendix 287
Index 1: By play/poem title 387
Index 2: By series title 390
Index 3: By editor 392
Index 4: By publisher 400
Index 5: By place (excluding London) 409
Notes 411
Bibliography 463
Main index 487
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