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Shakespeare and the Book Trade

Shakespeare and the Book Trade


  • Date Published: May 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521765664


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  • Shakespeare and the Book Trade follows on from Lukas Erne's groundbreaking Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist to examine the publication, constitution, dissemination and reception of Shakespeare's printed plays and poems in his own time and to argue that their popularity in the book trade has been greatly underestimated. Erne uses evidence from Shakespeare's publishers and the printed works to show that in the final years of the sixteenth century and the early part of the seventeenth century, 'Shakespeare' became a name from which money could be made, a book-trade commodity in which publishers had significant investments and an author who was bought, read, excerpted and collected on a surprising scale. Erne argues that Shakespeare, far from indifferent to his popularity in print, was an interested and complicit witness to his rise as a print-published author. Thanks to the book trade, Shakespeare's authorial ambition started to become bibliographic reality during his lifetime.

    • The fullest treatment of the publication, dissemination and reception of printed Shakespeare in his own time
    • Shows how Shakespeare was disseminated not only in the theatre but also through the book trade
    • Comprises the Lyell Lectures in Bibliography of 2012, giving readers access to an expanded version of the prestigious lecture series
    • Follows on from Lukas Erne's Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist, named a Times Literary Supplement 'Book of the Year' in 2003
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    "Erne presents some surprising and compelling statistics about Shakespeare’s role in the literary marketplace..."
    --Around the Globe Magazine

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521765664
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 156 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 21 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Quantifying Shakespeare's presence in print
    2. Shakespeare, publication and authorial misattribution
    3. The bibliographic and paratextual makeup of Shakespeare's Quarto playbooks
    4. Shakespeare's publishers
    5. The reception of printed Shakespeare
    Appendix A. The publication of playbooks by Shakespeare and his contemporaries to 1660
    Appendix B. Printed playbooks of professional plays, including reprints, 1583–1622
    Appendix C. Shakespeare's publishers, 1593–1622.

  • Author

    Lukas Erne, Université de Genève

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