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Canonising Shakespeare

Canonising Shakespeare
Stationers and the Book Trade, 1640–1740

Emma Depledge, Peter Kirwan, Adam G. Hooks, Francis X. Connor, Lara Hansen, Eric Rasmussen, Anthony Brano, Faith Acker, Lukas Erne, Edmund G. C. King, Claire M. L. Bourne, Paul D. Cannan, Jonathan H. Holmes, Adam Rounce, Patrick Cheney
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  • Date Published: September 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107154599


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  • Canonising Shakespeare offers the first comprehensive reassessment of Shakespeare's afterlife as a print phenomenon, demonstrating the crucial role that the book trade played in his rise to cultural pre-eminence. 1640–1740 was the period in which Shakespeare's canon was determined, in which the poems resumed their place alongside the plays in print, and in which artisans and named editors crafted a new, contemporary Shakespeare for Restoration and eighteenth-century consumers. A team of international contributors highlight the impact of individual booksellers, printers, publishers and editors on the Shakespearean text, the books in which it was presented, and the ways in which it was promoted. From radical adaptations of the Sonnets to new characters in plays, and from elegant subscription volumes to cheap editions churned out by feuding publishers, this period was marked by eclecticism, contradiction and innovation as stationers looked to the past and the future to create a Shakespeare for their own times.

    • The first comprehensive study of this neglected area of Shakespearean print history
    • Demonstrates how Shakespeare's preeminent status was informed by the book trade of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century
    • A collection of essays from a distinguished set of international authors
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    • Date Published: September 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107154599
    • length: 282 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 159 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Emma Depledge and Peter Kirwan
    Part I. Selling Shakespeare:
    2. Shakespeare for sale, 1640–1740 Emma Depledge
    3. Royalist Shakespeare: publishers, politics and the appropriation of The Rape of Lucrece (1655) Adam G. Hooks
    4. Henry Herringman, Richard Bentley and Shakespeare's Fourth Folio (1685) Francis X. Connor
    5. Shakespeare without rules: the fifth Shakespeare folio and market demand in the early 1700s Lara Hansen and Eric Rasmussen
    6. The 1734–5 price wars, Antony and Cleopatra and the theatrical imagination Anthony Brano. Part II. Consolidating the Shakespeare Canon:
    7. Consolidating the Shakespeare canon, 1640–1740 Peter Kirwan
    8. John Benson's 1640 poems and its literary precedents Faith Acker
    9. Cupids Cabinet Unlock't (1662), ostensibly 'by W. Shakespeare', in fact partly by John Milton Lukas Erne
    10. Discovering Shakespeare's personal style: editing and connoisseurship in the eighteenth century Edmund G. C. King
    Part III. Editing Shakespeare:
    11. Editing Shakespeare, 1640–1740 Emma Depledge and Peter Kirwan
    12. Dramatic typography and the restoration quartos of Hamlet Claire M. L. Bourne
    13. The 1709/11 editions of Shakespeare's poems Paul D. Cannan
    14. Alexander Pope, interventionist editing and The Taming of the Shrew (1725) Jonathan H. Holmes
    15. Editorial annotations in Shakespeare editions after 1733 Adam Rounce
    16. Afterword Patrick Cheney.

  • Editors

    Emma Depledge, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland
    Emma Depledge is lecturer in Restoration and eighteenth-century literature at the Université de Fribourg, Switzerland. She has published a number of articles on Shakespeare in the Restoration and her first book explores the publication, performance and adaptation of Shakespeare's plays from 1642–1700.

    Peter Kirwan, University of Nottingham
    Peter Kirwan is Associate Professor of Early Modern Drama at the University of Nottingham. His books include Shakespeare and the Idea of Apocrypha (Cambridge, 2015) and Shakespeare and the Digital World (Cambridge, 2014). He is currently completing a monograph on the theatre company Cheek by Jowl and new editions of Pericles and Doctor Faustus.


    Emma Depledge, Peter Kirwan, Adam G. Hooks, Francis X. Connor, Lara Hansen, Eric Rasmussen, Anthony Brano, Faith Acker, Lukas Erne, Edmund G. C. King, Claire M. L. Bourne, Paul D. Cannan, Jonathan H. Holmes, Adam Rounce, Patrick Cheney

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