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Re: Malone
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 8.1001.  Sunday, 5 October 1997.

[1]     From:   Simon Malloch <
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        Date:   Friday, 03 Oct 1997 00:31:07 +0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0993  Q:  Malone

[2]     From:   Judy Kennedy <
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        Date:   Friday, 3 Oct 1997 09:44:37 -0300 (ADT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 8.0993  Q: Malone


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From:           Simon Malloch <
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Date:           Friday, 03 Oct 1997 00:31:07 +0800
Subject: 8.0993  Q:  Malone
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0993  Q:  Malone

The 1790 chronology was not Malone's sole or final position: for this
work he revised the earlier 1778 *An Attempt to Ascertain the Order in
which the Plays Attributed to Shakespeare Were Written*, changing the
dates of seven plays. A third revised survey was included by James
Boswell Jun. in the 1821 edition of Shakespeare's plays, in which
seventeen dates were adjusted.

For discussion, you would do well to look at Peter Martin's *Edmond
Malone: Shakespearean Scholar.*  For a reproduction of one of the texts
it might be fruitful to consult E.K.Chamber's *William Shakespeare*
which may reproduce it - I cannot remember off-hand.  Otherwise,
Routledge has recently re-published the 1778 *Johnson-Steevens Edition
of the Plays of William Shakespeare*,  which includes the 1780
two-volume supplement by Malone (ISBN:0415120705) - this set contains
the earlier 1778 piece.

Simon Malloch.

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Date:           Friday, 3 Oct 1997 09:44:37 -0300 (ADT)
Subject: 8.0993  Q: Malone
Comment:        Re: SHK 8.0993  Q: Malone

Katie Hannah wrote:

>I am looking for information on Edmond Malone's work on the chronology
>of Shakespeare's plays. Is his 1790 chronology reprinted in a modern
>source that anyone knows of? I know that there were at least a couple of
>replies to this work (not sure about his earlier chronology), e.g., in
>the _Monthly_Review_, LIX, pp. 71-72, but I'd like to know generally how
>people in the early nineteenth century (and, more specifically, Charles
>Lamb & his circle) felt about the chronology. Did they accept it? Did
>they care what order the plays were written in? Any help you can provide
>would be appreciated.

I'm not quite sure what you're looking for, but Malone's 1790 edition is
available in a modern facsimile, as is the 1821 variorum.  I do not know
of a modern edition proper.  Specifically on the _Attempt_, I suppose
you have looked at Peter Martin's book on Malone (Cambridge, 1995),
especially pp.30-35.  Malone himself, of course, changed his mind fairly
often, as Martin sketches out.

For example, here is a summary of how he treated MND:  'In 1778 [the
first appearance of the _Attempt_] Malone dated MND 1595; this date is
repeated in the 1785 edition.  The 1793, 1803, and 1813 variorum
editions follow Malone's own edition of 1790 in assigning the date of
1592.  In the posthumous edition of 1821 it is dated 1594.'

Interest in the chronology began before Malone, and continues actively
through the C19 (and through C20, but with less extreme disagreement).
Some of the earlier responses or discussions, apart from those in
reviews and Hurdis's _Cursory Remarks_ mentioned by Martin, are George
Chalmers, _Supplemental Apology etc_ (1799); Charles Dibdin, _Complete
History etc_ ([1800]); Schlegel's _Lectures_ (1815); Nathan Drake,
_Shakespeare and His Times_ (1817); Charles Knight in his 1839 edition
and elsewhere; Henry Hallam's _Introduction to the Literature of Europe_
(1839).

Judy Kennedy

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