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Re: List of Reference Tools
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1066  Friday, 25 June 1999.

[1]     From:   Leslie Thomson <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Jun 1999 10:47:58 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1064 List of Reference Tools

[2]     From:   Ben Schneider <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Jun 1999 09:43:37 -0600 (CST)
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Jun 1999 23:19:45 -0600
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From:           Leslie Thomson <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 Jun 1999 10:47:58 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 10.1064 List of Reference Tools
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1064 List of Reference Tools

Sometime in the fall, CUP will be bringing out, *A Dictionary of Stage
Directions in English Drama, 1580-1642* by Alan C. Dessen and Leslie
Thomson. The dictionary has over 900 entries explaining terms found in
the stage directions of over 500 plays written for public performance
between 1580 and 1642. Each entry provides a definition, gives examples
of how the term is used, cites additional instances, and gives
cross-references to other relevant entries.

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From:           Ben Schneider <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 Jun 1999 09:43:37 -0600 (CST)
Subject: 10.1064 List of Reference Tools
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1064 List of Reference Tools

Dear Professor Whigham:

If it's really culture you're after, don't forget my web site at
www.stoics.com for your list. And check the web in general for Ren
research tools.  Your list sounds most promising.  Please include me on
your distribution list.

Yours ever,
BEN SCHNEIDER

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From:           David Kathman <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 Jun 1999 23:19:45 -0600
Subject: 10.1064 List of Reference Tools
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1064 List of Reference Tools

Frank Whigham wrote:

>I'm writing to ask for your help in compiling a list of important and
>useful reference tools for the study of early modern English literature
>and culture, aimed mainly at graduate students; texts such as the
>following:
>
>Berger, Thomas, William C. Bradford, and Sidney L. Sondergard. An Index
>to Characters in Early Modern English Drama: Printed Plays, 1500-1660.
>CUP, 1998.
>
>Bolgar, R. R. The Classical Heritage and its Beneficiaries. [Contains a
>list of what was translated into English (and French and Italian) and
>when.]
>
>The Penguin Dictionary of English and European History, 1485-1789. Ed.
>E. N. Williams. Penguin, 1980.
>
>Tilley, Morris P. A Dictionary of the Proverbs in England in the
>Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1950.
>
>I know we're thinking mainly about drama on this list, but I welcome
>additions in all fields related to the period. Given the widely varied
>multi-disciplinary work we see so much of, I'm hoping to spread the net
>as wide as possible. I'll happily share the list when it's completed.

Pollard, Redgrave, et al. A Short Title Catalogue of Books Published in
England, 1475-1640. (2nd edition, 3 volumes)

Harbage, Alfred. Annals of English Drama, 975-1700. Pennsylvania, 1940.
(revised by Samuel Schoenbaum, 1964, and Sylvia Stoler Wagonheim, 1989)

Greg, Walter Wilson. Bibliography of the English Printed Drama to the
Restoration. London: Bibliographical Society, 1939-59. (4 volumes)
Gurr, Andrew. The Shakespearean Playing Companies. Oxford, 1996.

Chambers, E. K. The Elizabethan Stage. Oxford, 1923. (4 volumes; out of
date in many respects, but still not superseded)
Bentley, G. E. The Jacobean and Caroline Stage. Oxford, 1941-68. (7
volumes; same comment as for Chambers)

Nungezer, Edwin. A Dictionary of Actors and of Other Persons Associated
with the Public Representation of Plays in England before 1642. Yale,
1929. (Same comment.)

If you're willing to consider online resources, I could mention my own
Biographical Dictionary of Elizabethan Theater, at
http://www.clark.net/pub/tross/ws/bd/kathman.htm.  It will eventually
supersede the biographical portions of the above three works; right now
it consists of an up-to-date index with dates, basic biographical
information, and an index to biographical scholarship published since
1923.

For books that are less pure reference, it's hard to know where to
start, as there's been a lot of good stuff published in the last few
decades.  One good place to start is:

A New History of Early English Drama, ed. by John D. Cox and David Scott
Kastan. Columbia, 1997.

which has chapters on all different contexts-social, literary,
religious-of early modern English drama and literature.

Dave Kathman

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