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This 2-volume set features the innovative but accessible Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works, prepared by more than sixty scholars from a dozen countries, and a comprehensive scholarly companion, Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture. Though closely connected, each volume can be used independently of the other.
The Collected Works brings together for the first time in a single volume all the works currently attributed to Middleton. It is the first edition of Middleton's works since 1886. The texts are printed in modern spelling and punctuation, with critical introductions and foot-of-the-page commentaries; they are arranged in chronological order, with a special section of Juvenilia. The volume is introduced by essays on Middleton's life and reputation, on early modern London, and on the varied theatres of the English Renaissance. Extensively illustrated, it incorporates much new information on Middleton's life, canon, texts, and contexts. A self-consciously "federal edition", The Collected Works applies contemporary theories about the nature of literature and the history of the book to editorial practice.
Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture is not only a companion to The Collected Works of Thomas Middleton, which every scholar of Renaissance literature will find indispensable. It is also essential reading for anyone interested in the history of the book in early modern Europe.