Now arriving: advance-purchase copies of British Drama 1533-1642: A Catalogue, Vol. 1, by Martin Wiggins, in association with Catherine Richardson.
If you heard their plenary at BritGrad 2011, you know what an excellent resource this catalogue will be. OUP calls it “unparalleled and comprehensive”. I think it will rise to “indispensable” in no time flat.
At some later time, one of us here may write up a response to the work, but for now, I’ll leave you with the summary from OUP:
This is the first volume of a detailed play-by-play catalogue of drama written by English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish authors during the 110 years between the English Reformation and the English Revolution, covering every known play, extant and lost, including some of which have never before been identified. It is based on a new, complete, and systematic survey of the whole of this body of work, presented in chronological order. Each entry contains comprehensive information about a single play: its various titles, authorship, and date; a summary of the plot, a list of roles, and details of the human and geographical world in which the fictional action takes place; a list of sources, narrative and verbal, and a summary of the formal characteristics; details of the staging requirements; and an account of the early stage and textual history.
We hope you took advantage of the discount code from last year’s BritGrad packet like we did. If not, you can still buy your copy from OUP for £85.
Martin Wiggins is Senior Lecturer and Fellow, and Tutor for Research at The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.
Catherine Richardson is Reader in Renaissance Studies at the University of Kent.