The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.2486 Monday, 29 October 2001
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
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.
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