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Re: Surviving Play Scripts
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2486  Monday, 29 October 2001

From:           Thomas Larque <
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Date:           Sunday, 28 Oct 2001 23:40:13 -0000
Subject: 12.2469 Re: Surviving Play Scripts
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.2469 Re: Surviving Play Scripts

> I would make a distinction between "play scripts that survive in
> manuscript" and "playbooks" (or, anachronistically, promptbooks).

Thanks to everybody who has responded to my question.  I have found the
responses to be very interesting and useful, but perhaps I was slightly
unclear in phrasing my question.  Although I am certainly very
interested in play scripts that survived only in manuscript or as
promptbooks (as Bill Godshalk describes above) I am also interested in
the third and presumably largest category of surviving playscripts - the
printed editions.

I think Gary Allen partially answered my question in saying that there
are approximately 600 Renaissance play texts surviving (which I presume
includes printed copies).  Has anybody ever made a comprehensive list of
the surviving printed plays to go alongside the lists of surviving
manuscripts that SHAKSPER members have generously contributed?

Thanks again to anyone who can offer further information.

Thomas Larque.
"Shakespeare and His Critics"
http://shakespearean.org.uk

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