Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 245. Wednesday, 2 Oct 1991.
Date: Wed, 2 Oct 1991 15:33:00 -0400
From: John Lavagnino <
Subject: Announcement of Middleton project
[John Lavagnino has forwarded the following announcement of
the Oxford Middleton project, as well as a longer file listing
the editors of the project and describing its aims and methods.
The longer file is available as OXFORD MIDDLETN SHAKSPER on
the Fileserver (reminder instructions below).
In private correspondence, John has pointed out that aside
from Middleton's obvious interest to Shakespeareans, "particular
points of connection are the inclusion of Timon of Athens as
a collaboration between Shakespeare and Middleton, the inclusion of
several plays once attributed to Shakespeare (such as The Puritan
and A Yorkshire Tragedy), and in general the edition's concern with
establishing the canon of Middleton's works, which inevitably winds up
overlapping a bit with the question of Shakespeare's canon."
Also particularly encouraging is the Oxford Middleton's
simultaneous print and electronic editions. -- k.s.]
Subject: Announcement of Thomas Middleton project
The Complete Works of Thomas Middleton will be published in 1994 by
Oxford University Press in a one-volume modernized annotated format
comparable to contemporary undergraduate editions of Shakespeare, and
simultaneously in electronic form. This will be the first edition of
Middleton's complete works to be published in more than a century, and
the only edition of his works provided with a scholarly and critical
apparatus. The purpose of the edition is canonical: to establish a new
Middleton canon and to secure for Middleton a more prominent position in
the literary canon, to make Middleton more widely available, more
accessible, more read, more taught, to insist upon his importance in
English drama and the English Renaissance. The edition will be prepared
by an international team of thirty-nine scholars; the General Editor is
We invite questions, comments, and suggestions. They may be sent by
electronic mail to John Lavagnino at
the Internet or middleton@brandeis on the Bitnet; or by post to John
Lavagnino or Gary Taylor at: Department of English, Brandeis University,
Waltham, Massachusetts 02254 USA.
Department of English and American Literature, Brandeis University
SHAKSPEReans can retrieve the complete text file from the SHAKSPER
Fileserver by issuing the interactive command, "TELL LISTSERV
AT UTORONTO GET OXFORD MIDDLETN SHAKSPER". If your network link does
not support the interactive "TELL" command, or if Listserv rejects
your request, then send a one-line mail message (without a subject
line) to LISTSERV@utoronto, reading "GET OXFORD MIDDLETN SHAKSPER".
For a complete list of files available, send the command "GET
SHAKSPER FILES SHAKSPER" to obtain an annotated index.
For further information, consult the appropriate section of your
SHAKSPER GUIDE, or contact the editor, <