British Drama 1533-1642: A Catalogue: Volume 1: 1533-1566 - British Drama 1533-1642: A Catalogue (Hardback)
  • British Drama 1533-1642: A Catalogue: Volume 1: 1533-1566 - British Drama 1533-1642: A Catalogue (Hardback)

British Drama 1533-1642: A Catalogue: Volume 1: 1533-1566 - British Drama 1533-1642: A Catalogue (Hardback)

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Hardback 560 Pages / Published: 01/12/2011
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This is the first volume of a detailed play-by-play catalogue of drama written by English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish authors during the 110 years between the English Reformation and the English Revolution, covering every known play, extant and lost, including some of which have never before been identified. It is based on a new, complete, and systematic survey of the whole of this body of work, presented in chronological order. Each entry contains comprehensive information about a single play: its various titles, authorship, and date; a summary of the plot, a list of roles, and details of the human and geographical world in which the fictional action takes place; a list of sources, narrative and verbal, and a summary of the formal characteristics; details of the staging requirements; and an account of the early stage and textual history.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199265718
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 1130 g
Dimensions: 256 x 190 x 36 mm

Another remarkable project... With its wide scope and meticulous attention to detail, it will be an essential reference work. * Brian Vickers, The Times Literary Supplement *
outstanding, well-structured, well-researched, and carefully written. As a resource for, among others, bibliographers, editors, and book and cultural historians of early modern plays, the Catalogue, when complete, is likely to be the first point of reference for many, many years to come. * N. C. Aldred, The Library *
An extraordinarily useful compendium ... filled with such riches. Scholars of Renaissance drama will find it to be both useful and fascinating. * Garrett A. Sullivan, Studies in English Language *
a remarkable achievement ... ground-breaking ... Wiggins is to be congratulated for the untiring spirit of enquiry which has sustained him since the beginning of this century and will see him through to the completion of his vast enterprise. All students of English Renaissance drama owe him an incalculable debt. His Catalogue, I predict, will be one of the first volumes one reaches for, and one of the last to be put back on the shelf. * Brian Vickers, The Spenser Review *
Without any doubt this accumulation of information is an exceptionally valuable contribution for researchers because it covers such a wide range and also because it addresses critically many difficult features that arise in the study of the drama of this period. * Peter Happe, Early Theatre *
[Wiggins] deserves credit for a breathtaking achievement ... Because it includes everything with a possible dramatic element tilts, dialogues, masques, royal entries and royal welcomes the Catalogue greatly expands the picture of dramatic activity given in the Annals, emphasizing its collaborative nature ... ideal for browsing and is full of fascinating details * Lois Potter, Times Literary Supplement *
I learned something every time I opened this book. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a reader who would not ... throughout there are fascinating, illustrative details ... This is a deeply impressive work and will be a standard reference point for decades to come. * Gwilym Jones, Around the Globe *
It is an extraordinary resource, and we now have a database ... which can tell us everything at a glance about every piece of extant drama from the period ... It is a resource that any serious student of the period will use routinely from now on, and its influence on future work and understanding of Renaissance drama will be very interesting to chart. It is a heroic, landmark piece of scholarly study, and, one suspects, will ensure that 'Wiggins' becomes a household name among graduate students of the period the world over. * Will Sharpe, The Shakespeare Bookshop Newsletter *
The arrangement of the volume is refreshingly determined by "the common-sense principle" ... when complete, [the set] will be the definitive work on its subject ... Essential. * W. Baker, Northern Illinois University, CHOICE *
The Cataolgue is therefore bound to have a significant impact both on teaching and research in the fields of Shakespeare and early modern drama ... [it] will prove immensely useful to scholars and students alike. * Sonia Massai, Shakespeare Survey *

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