The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1436  Tuesday, 28 May 2002

From:           Gabriel Egan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Saturday, 25 May 2002 17:12:58 +0100
Subject:        Non-Shakespearian Drama Database


There are 711 items listed in Chadwyck-Healey's Literature Online (LION)
database as extant 'drama' first performed between 1567 and 1642. The
Non-Shakespearian Drama Database (NSDD) is a free searchable index of
these 711 items built using data from LION and Alfred Harbage's Annals
of English Drama.

Version 2.5 of NSDD is now available at:


The main improvement over version 2.0 (announced last month) is that
NSDD now includes all 711 items listed in LION, so this means, for
example, that all the Jonson masks and entertainments, and all the
Middleton civic pageants are there. There is a new field attached to
each record, 'additional information', which records departures from
LION and Harbage, as for example where LION and Harbage have been
overruled by arguments in Wells and Taylor _William Shakespeare: A
Textual Companion_ (Oxford, 1987). (Although the NSDD is intended to
promote the non-Shakespearian work, Shakespeare is now included for the
sake of completeness and comparison.)

Version 3.0, in progress, will include for each work a link to the
full-text of the play script in LION. Under present agreements with
Chadwyck-Healey this link will work only for users accessing NSDD from
within a domain registered to a LION-subscribing institution.

Gabriel Egan

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