Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0623. Sunday, 25 August 1996.
From: W. L. Godshalk <
Date: Friday, 23 Aug 1996 23:37:24 -0400
Subject: 7.0622 Q: Edward III
Comment: Re: SHK 7.0622 Q: Edward III
Yes, Eric Sams has completed an edition of *Edward III* with commentary, and,
as I recall, Yale UP will be the publisher. There is a good deal of internal
evidence suggesting that Shakespeare had a hand in the play.
I attach a brief bibliography of some work relevant to the question:
Bradbrook, Muriel C. Shakespeare and Elizabethan Poetry. London: Chatto and
Windus, 1951. 209-210. "The unity of theme in Edward III and its similarity to
that of Henry V does not seem to have been recognized" (209).
Dobson, Willis Boring. Edward the Third: A Study of the Composition of the
Play in Relation to Its Sources. Ph.D. Dissertation. University of Texas,
Austin, 1956. [From Bethany Nazene College, Bethany, OK]
Everitt, E. B. and R. L. Armstrong. Six Early Plays Related to the Shakespeare
Canon. Anglistica XIV. Copenhagen: Rosenkilde and Bagger, 1965. Edward III, ed.
R. L. Armstrong, 195-250. I use this modernized text and its line numbers. I
change Armstrong's "Audeley" to "Audley" as does Tucker Brooke.
Galway, Margaret. "Joan of Kent and the Order of the Garter," Univ. of
Birmingham Historical Review 1 (1947): 36-40. Which countess was it, anyway?
Gransden, Antonia. "The alleged rape by Edward III of the countess [sic] of
Salisbury," English Historical Review 87 (1972):333-344. The story apparently
begins with Jean de Bel, Chronique de Jean le Bel, ed. J. Viard, and may be
French propaganda. Le Bel called the countess "Alice" (335). In one poem,
Artois is blamed; see B.J. Whiting, Speculum 20 (1945): 261-78. On Artois, see
H. S. Lucas, The Low Countries and the Hundred Years' War (1929): 124.
Horn, Frederick David. The Raigne of King Edward the Third: A Critical Edition.
Ph.D. dissertation, University of Delaware, 1969. (MUI - 69-21, 946)
Hoy, Cyrus. "Renaissance and Restoration Dramatic Plotting," Renaissance Drama
9 (1966): 247-264.
Jackson, MacD. P. "A Note on the Text of 'Edward III'," Notes and Queries 216
Jackson, MacD. P. "'Edward III,' Shakespeare, and Pembroke's Men," Notes and
Queries 210 (1965): 329-31.
Koskenniemi, Inna. "Themes and Imagery in Edward III," Neuphilologische
Mittielungen 65 (1964): 446-80.
Kozlenko, William. Disputed Plays of William Shakespeare. New York: Hawthorn,
1974. Reproduces the text edited by Henry Tyrrell (London, 1860). Plagiarizes
Muir's work as an introduction.
Lapides, Fred, ed. The Raigne of King Edward the Third: A Critical,
Old-Spelling Edition. Renaissance Drama, A Collection of Critical Editions. New
York: Garland, 1980. With a thorough introduction and notes.
Mann, Francis Oscar, ed. The Works of Thomas Deloney. Oxford: Clarendon Press,
Melchiori, Giorgio. Shakespeare's Dramatic Meditations: An Experiment in
Criticism. Oxford, Clarendon: 1976. 42-47, 57-59, etc. Argues that "Sonnet 94 -
and a good number of the others - were written after and not before Edward III"
(45), and notes another parallel between the play and the sonnets (I.ii.95-97,
and Sonnet 18.3).
Metz, G. Harold, ed. Sources of Four Plays Ascribed to Shakespeare: The Reign
of King Edward III, Sir Thomas More, The History of Cardenio, The Two Noble
Kinsmen. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1989. Thoroughly reviews the
scholarship on the play (3-42). Regarding authorship, he concludes that the
traces of Shakespeare's "work in the second part of the play . . . are not
quite sufficient as a basis for the claim that he is the sole author of Edward
Muir, Kenneth. The Sources of Shakespeare's Plays. London: Methuen, 1977.
Muir, Kenneth. Shakespeare as Collaborator. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1960.
10-55. Notes parallels with Shakespeare's undoubted work, and believes one
theory would cover all the facts: "Shakespeare . . . was hastily revising a
play by another dramatist" (30).
Osterberg, V. "The 'Countess Scenes' of Edward III," SJ 65 (1929): 49-91. Links
between Edward III and Shakespeare's undoubted work.
Pratt, Samuel M. "Edward III and the Countess of Salisbury: A Study in Values."
University of Mississippi Studies in English, 4 (1983): 33-48. Notes Deloney's
poem but doesn't see the importance of the poem for dating the play.
Proudfoot, Richard. "The Reign of King Edward the Third (1596) and
Shakespeare," Proceedings of the British Academy 71 (1985):169-85.
Riggs, David. Shakespeare's Heroical Histories: Henry VI and Its Literary
Tradition. Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1971.
Rutherford, Vera Randolph. "The Play of Edward III: Its Sources, Structure, and
Possible Authorship." Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Texas, Austin, 1927.
Schaar, Claes. Elizabethan Sonnet Themes and the Dating of Shakespeare's
Sonnets. Lund, 1962. 117-35.
Slater, Eliot. The Problem of The Reign of King Edward III: A Statistical
Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988.
Smith, Robert Metcalf. Froissart and the English Chronicle Play. New York:
Columbia University Press, 1915.
Tillyard, E. M. W. Shakespeare's History Plays. 1944; London: Chatto & Windus,
1959. 111-14. E3 is "one of the most academic and intellectual of the Chronicle
Plays" (111). The "unifying principle of the play" is "the education of . . .
Edward III and the Black Prince" (113). The play is "the most steadily
thoughtful of all the Chronicle Plays outside Shakespeare" (114).
Tucker Brooke, C. F., ed. The Shakespeare Apocrypha. Oxford: Clarendon, 1908.
Warnke, Karl and Ludwig Proescholdt, ed. Pseudo-Shakespearian Plays. Revised
ed. Vol. III: King Edward III. Halle: Max Niemeyer, 1886.
Wentersdorf, Karl. The Authorship of Edward III. Ph.D. Dissertation,
University of Cincinnati, 1960.
Wentersdorf, Karl. "The Date of Edward III," Shakespeare Quarterly 16 (1965):
Yours, Bill Godshalk