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Shakespeare in Print
A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: July 2021
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108838009

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  • Described by the TLS as 'a formidable bibliographical achievement … destined to become a key reference work for Shakespeareans', Shakespeare in Print is now issued in a revised and expanded edition offering a wealth of new material, including a chapter which maps the history of digital editions from the earliest computer-generated texts to the very latest digital resources. Murphy's narrative offers a masterful overview of the history of Shakespeare publishing and editing, teasing out the greater cultural significance of the ways in which the plays and poems have been disseminated and received over the centuries from Shakespeare's time to our own. The opening chapters have been completely rewritten to offer close engagement with the careers of the network of publishers and printers who first brought Shakespeare to print, additional material has been added to all chapters, and the chronological appendix has been updated and expanded.

    • Remains the only single volume history of Shakespeare publishing and editing covering the entire period from the 1590s to the present
    • In this new edition, the history of digital Shakespeare publishing is tracked for the first time
    • Completely new opening chapters provide a thorough, comprehensive account of early modern publishing in London
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘Andrew Murphy’s Shakespeare in Print was already a decisive, even-handed, knowledgeable and smart survey of publishing Shakespeare over four centuries. This second edition is even better. In a testament to the energy of this field, and his own immersion in it, Murphy has substantially recast his work - not just by adding a necessary and revealing chapter on digital Shakespeares and the fascinating story of nineteenth-century editions in the formation of twenty-first century technologies. In addition, Shakespeare in Print has revisited and revised earlier parts of the story, drawing on new scholarship about Shakespeare’s stationers and early print history, on what parts of the ‘new textualism’ have been mainstreamed into editing and what elements of the New Bibliography still hold sway, and on the relative importance of debates about authorial revision and collaboration. The result is a brilliant collation of scholarship on textual history, the history of print and publishing, and the impact of the social, cultural, and biographical on editing Shakespeare. In a field sometimes characterised by heat rather than light, it is luminescent: a wonderful book, like no other.' Emma Smith, University of Oxford

    ‘I am full of admiration for the thoroughness and attention to detail with which Andrew Murphy has approached the extremely demanding task of bringing his hugely admired study up to date. When it first appeared it was greeted with general acclaim. The new edition seems likely to be similarly admired. Here, as in the original edition, the author succeeds admirably in presenting a mass of scholarly material in a readily comprehensible fashion. His style of writing is unfailingly lucid and elegant.’ Stanley Wells, CBE, FRSL, Honorary President, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

    ‘A formidable bibliographical achievement … this is destined to become a key reference work for Shakespeareans. Thanks to [Murphy], those hunting for truffles in the Bard's back catalogue will have a far better chance of knowing what they are looking at, and how it relates to the field of Shakespeare publishing as a whole.' Times Literary Supplement

    ‘An extraordinary work of bibliographical scholarship, at once scrupulously accurate and thoroughly entertaining.’ Shakespeare Survey

    'Murphy's [book is] monumental … the staggering appendix of editions, the various indexes, the substantial bibliography leave one gasping for air and in full gratitude for what he has accomplished.' Renaissance Quarterly

    ‘Andrew Murphy is having it both ways. Not content to produce an indispensable reference work, he has simultaneously written an immensely entertaining narrative that makes for compulsive reading … Murphy brings [his material] alive with an enviable lightness of touch, making of Shakespeare in Print 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

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: July 2021
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108838009
    • length: 668 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 42 mm
    • weight: 1.1kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of Illustrations
    List of Tables
    List of Abbreviations
    Part I: Text
    1. Bringing Shakespeare to Print
    2. Collecting Shakespeare
    3. The Tonson Era 1: Rowe to Warburton
    4. The Tonson Era 2: Johnson to Malone
    5. Copyright Disputes: English Publishers
    6. Copyright Disputes: Scottish and Irish Publishers
    7. American Editions
    8. Nineteenth-Century Popular Editions
    9. Nineteenth-Century Scholarly Editions
    10. The New Bibliography
    11. Shakespeare in the Modern Era
    12. Shakespeare Beyond Print
    Part II: Introduction to the Chronological Appendix
    Chronological Appendix
    Index 1: By Play/Poem Title
    Index 2: By Series/Edition Title
    Index 3: By Editor/Creator
    Index 4: By Publisher/Printer/Host
    Index 5: By Place of Publication (excluding London)
    Main Index.

  • Author

    Andrew Murphy, Trinity College Dublin
    Andrew Murphy is 1867 Professor of English at Trinity College Dublin. His authored books include Ireland, Reading and Cultural Nationalism, 1790–1930 (Cambridge, 2018) and Shakespeare for the People: Working-class Readers, 1800–1900 (Cambridge, 2008). He has been the recipient of fellowship awards from the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.

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