Shakespeare and the Rise of the Editor by Sonia MassaiShakespeare and the Rise of the Editor by Sonia Massai

Shakespeare and the Rise of the Editor

bySonia Massai

Paperback | January 26, 2012

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Sonia Massai's central claim in this 2007 book is that the texts of early printed editions of Renaissance drama, including Shakespeare's, did not simply 'degenerate' or 'corrupt' over time, as subsequent editions were printed using the immediate predecessor as their basis. By focusing on early correctors of dramatic texts for the press, this book identifies a previously overlooked category of textual agents involved in the process of their transmission into print. Massai also challenges the common assumption that the first editor of Shakespeare was Nicholas Rowe, who published his edition of Shakespeare's Works in 1709. The study offers a 'prehistory' of editing from the rise of English drama in print at the beginning of the sixteenth century to the official rise of the editorial tradition of Shakespeare at the beginning of the eighteenth century.
Title:Shakespeare and the Rise of the EditorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.55 inPublished:January 26, 2012Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521287278

ISBN - 13:9780521287272

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The Rise of English Drama in Print: 1. English humanism and the publication of early Tudor drama; 2. Italian influences on the publication of late Tudor drama; Part II. The Rise of Shakespeare in Print: 3. The Wise Quartos (1597-1602); 4. The Pavier Quartos (1619); 5. The making of the First Folio (1623); 6. Perfecting Shakespeare in the Fourth Folio (1685); Conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

"Her book thus stands as further testimony to the current tensions between the financial, pedagogical, and formal need for editors to make hard choices between different possibilities and the expanding array of scholarship that argues the need to investigate and value every version of a given text. Massai's book is a tremendously important contribution to the latter field, and in some ways her determination to close with a consideration of the significance of her findings for editorial practice downplays the broader interest and relevance of this book, which not only provides a crucial prehistory of editing but makes a fascinating contribution to histories of the book, of reading, and of collaboration and appropriation." -Helen Smith, University of York