Shakespeare's midwives : some neglected Shakespeareans /
Arthur Sherbo.
Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Toronto ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c1992.
203 p.
0874134498 (alk. paper)
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Newark : University of Delaware Press ; London ; Toronto ; Cranbury, NJ : Associated University Presses, c1992.
0874134498 (alk. paper)
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Companion volume to: The birth of Shakespeare studies.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-07:
Sherbo examines the critical observations of seven men, whose lives collectively spanned slightly more than a century (1725-1834) and whose critical insights to Shakespearean scholarship opened the door for later, major textual and interpretive advances in understanding the plays and poems. The seven: Thomas Tyrwhitt (editor of Chaucer), George Tollet (gentleman farmer), Sir William Blackstone (solicitor-general to the Queen), Thomas Holt White (retired ironmonger), Samuel Henley (translator of Vathek), Francis Douce (keeper of MSS, British Museum), and James Boswell, the Younger. Through their letters to editors, occasional articles, direct conversation, etc., these men, mostly amateur Shakespeareans, enriched decisively the knowledge of Johnson, Stevens, Malone, and Reed--the towering formative figures in Shakespearean scholarship. The keen insights and criticism by these early seven illuminated texts and advanced scholarship. This volume identifies their contributions and points to their significance. In addition, other persons--often identified only be an "anon." at the close of a newspaper letter--similarly enriched what has become the Shakespearean criticism industry. Chapter notes; detailed index. Recommended for all libraries housing Shakespeare criticism. C. B. Darrell; Kentucky Wesleyan College
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This work is a companion piece to Sherbo's Birth of Shakespeare Studies: Commentators from Rowe (1709) to Boswell-Malone (1821). The contributions of seven men to the commentary on Shakespeare's plays and poems have been largely ignored or forgotten. As a result, modern editors of Shakespeare's works have claimed for themselves information and insights that have been anticipated by eighteenth-century commentators. Among others, George Toilet and Thomas Holt White will come into their own.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviationsp. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Thomas Tyrwhitt, Editor of Chaucerp. 23
George Tollet, Gentleman-Farmerp. 50
Sir William Blackstone, Solicitor-General to the Queenp. 67
Thomas Holt White, Retired Ironmongerp. 86
Samuel Henley, Translator of Vathekp. 109
Francis Douce, Keeper of MSS in the British Museump. 132
James Boswell, the Youngerp. 154
Epiloguep. 184
Notesp. 188
Indexp. 195
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