The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1104  Sunday, 8 November 1998.

From:           W. L. Godshalk <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 06 Nov 1998 11:35:28 -0500
Subject: 9.1095  Re: Shakespeare's Edward III
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.1095  Re: Shakespeare's Edward III

I would like to add a selected reading list to the discussion of E3:

Armstrong, R. L., ed. Edward III, in E. B. Everitt and R. L. Armstrong,
ed. Six Early Plays Related to the Shakespeare Canon. Copenhagen:
Rosenkilde and Bagger, 1965.195-250.

Evans, G. Blakemore and J. J. M. Tobin, eds. The Riverside Shakespeare.
2nd Edition. Boston: Hougton Mifflin, 1997.

Godshalk, W. L. "Dating Edward III," Notes and Queries 42 (1995):

Koskenniemi, Inna. "Themes and Imagery in Edward III," Neuphilologische
Mittielungen 65 (1964): 446-80.

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.

Melchiori, Giorgio, ed. Kind Edward III. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1998.

Muir, Kenneth. The Sources of Shakespeare's Plays. London: Methuen,

_____. Shakespeare as Collaborator. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1960.

Pearlman, E. "Edward III and Henry V," Criticism 37 (1995): 519-536.

Proudfoot, Richard. "The Reign of King Edward the Third (1596) and
Shakespeare," Proceedings of the British Academy 71 (1985):169-85.

Sams, Eric, ed. Shakespeare's Edward III. New Haven: Yale UP, 1996.

Slater, Eliot. The Problem of The Reign of King Edward III: A
Statistical Approach. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1988. (This volume
contains the findings of the much-alluded-to computer analysis of the

Wells, Stanley, Gary Taylor, et al. William Shakespeare: A Textual
Companion. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987. 136-137: "if we had attempted
a thorough reinvestigation of candidates for inclusion in the early
dramatic canon, it would have begun with <italic>Edward III</italic>."

Wentersdorf, Karl.  The Authorship of  Edward III. Ph.D. Dissertation,
University of Cincinnati, 1960.

______. "The Date of Edward III," Shakespeare Quarterly 16 (1965):

Why do I post a basic reading list? Because it seems that the discussion
of E3 could do with some solid background.  The claim that Shakespeare
possibly or probably had a hand in the play is not new news; note that
Wentersdorf and Muir in the early 60s had already put forth
Shakespeare's claim. Muir's theory is that E3 is Shakespeare's revision
of an earlier play. Wentersdorf shows that the imagery of E3 is
Shakespearean in nature.

Eliot Slater (guided by Richard Proudfoot) did the computer analysis of
the play. Proudfoot told me some years ago that Slater was not entirely
satisfied with his analysis. He had wanted to prove conclusively that
Shakespeare wrote E3, but all he could do was link the play to certain
early plays by Shakespeare. But if you don't like Slater's findings, it
seems to me that you have to read his book and then point out where he
went wrong.

Yours, Bill Godshalk

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