Shakespeare and the Rise of the Editor Sonia Massai Cambridge 2007


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Shakespeare and the Rise of the Editor by Sonia Massai

Sonia Massais central claim in this 2007 book is that the texts of early printed editions of Renaissance drama, including Shakespeares, 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 Shakespeares 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.


  • Publisher Cambridge University Press, Cambridge; 2007
  • Black Cloth Hardback, 254 pp
  • With b/w illustrations and tables
  • Size 235 x 160mm, 800g
  • ISBN 978 0 521 87805 0

Condition: Fine – Superb Unmarked Copy

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