Bibliography of Shakespearean Bibliography

(The following is partially drawn from DRMA6090/ENGL6003 “Introduction to Editing Early Modern English Texts” at the University of Guelph, taught by Dr. Paul Mulholland.)

Abbott, E. A. A Shakespearian Grammar. 2nd Ed. London, 1870.

Bawcutt, N. W. “Renaissance Dramatists and the Texts of their Plays.” Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama. Vol. XL. 2001. 1-24.

Bentley, G. E. The Jacobean and Caroline Stage. Oxford, 1940-68.

Blayney, P. “The Publication of Playbooks.” A New History of Early English Drama. Columbia UP, 1997. 383-422.

Bradley, David. From Text to Performance in the Elizabethan Theatre. Cambridge, 1992.

Chambers, E. K. The Elizabethan Stage. 4 vols. Oxford, 1923.

Chalfant, Fran C. Ben Jonson’s London. Athens, GA, 1978.

Crow, John. “Some Jacobean Catch-Phrases and Some Light on Thomas Bretnor.” Elizabethan and Jacobean Studies Presented to Frank Percy Wilson. Ed. Herbert Davis and Helen Gardner. Oxford, 1959.

Crystal, David. Shakespeare’s Words. Available at:

Dent, R. W. Proverbial Language in English Drama exclusive of Shakespeare: An Index. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London, 1964.

–. Shakespeare’s Proverbial Language: An Index. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London, 1981.

Dessen, Alan. Elizabethan Stage Conventions and Modern Interpreters. Cambridge, UK, 1984.

Dessen, Alan and Leslie Thompson. A Dictionary of Stage Directions in English Drama, 1580-1642. Cambridge, UK, New York, NY, 1999.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) Available at:

Edelman, Charles. Brawl Ridiculous: Swordfighting in Shakespeare’s Plays. Manchester, 1992.

Erne, Lukas and Margaret Jane Kidnie. Textual Performances. Cambridge 2004.

Farmer, John Stephen and William Ernest Henley. Slang and its Analogues. London, 1890-1904. Repr. New York, 1970.

Greg, W. W. A Bibliography of the English Printed Drama to the Restoration. 5 vols. London, 1939.

Gurr, Andrew and Mariko Ichikawa. Staging in Shakespeare’s Theatres. Oxford, 2000.

Gurr, Andrew. The Shakespearean Stage. 3rd ed. Cambridge, 1992.

Harbage, Alfred. Annals of English Drama 975-1700. 3rd Ed. Rev. Sylbia Stoler Wagonheim. London, 1989.

Henke, James T. Renaissance Dramatic Bawdy (Exclusive of Shakespeare). 2 vols. Salzburg, 1974.

Henslowe’s Diary ed. R. A. Foakes. and R. T. Rickert. Cambridge, 1961.

Henslowe Alleyn Digitization Project. Available at:

Hope, Jonathan. Shakespeare’s Grammar. London, 2003.

Jackson, W. A. Records of the Court of the Stationers’ Company. London, 1930.

Leech, C. “On Editing One’s First Play.” Studies in Bibliography. UP of Virginia, 1970. 61-70.


Linthicum, M. C. Costume in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries. New York, 1963.

McKerrow. R. B. and David McKitterick. An Introduction to Bibliography for Literature Students. Oxford: OUP, 1927.

Onions, C. T. A Shakespeare Glossary. Rev. Robert D. Eagleson. Oxford, 1986.

Partridge, Eric. A Dictionary of Catch Phrases, American and British, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day. Rev. ed. Ed. Paul Beale. New York, 1986.

–. A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. London, 1961.

–. A Dictionary of Historical Slang. Harmondsworth, 1972.

–. Shakespeare’s Bawdy. Rev. ed. London, 1968.

Pollard, A. W. and G. R. Redgrave. A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland & Ireland and of English Books Printed Abroad, 1475-1640. (STC) 2nd ed. Rev. by W. A. Jackson, F. S. Ferguson, and Katherine F. Pantzer. 3 vols. 1976-91. Available at:

Sugden. E. H. A Topographical Dictionary to the Works of Shakespeare and his Fellow Dramatists. Manchester, 1925. Repr. New York, 1969.

The Stationers’ Register. Ed. Edward Arber. A Transcript of the Register of the Company of Stationers of London 1554-1640. 5 Vols. 1875 ff., repr. New York, 1950.


Tilley, Morris Palmer. A Dictionary of the Proverbs in England in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Ann Arbor, 1950.

Voss, P. “Printing Conventions and Early Modern Play.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England. Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 2003. 98-115.

Wells, Stanley. Modernizing Shakespeare’s Spelling. Oxford, 1979.

–. Re-editing Shakespeare for the Modern Reader. Oxford, 1984.

Weimann, Robert. Shakespeare and the Popular Tradition in the Theater. Trans. Robert D. Schwarz. London, 1978.

Wing, Donald. A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English Books Printed in Other Countries, 1641-1700. 3 Vols. 2nd Rev. Ed. new York, 1972. Available at:

Williams, Gordon. A Dictionary of Sexual Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and Stuart Literature. London and Atlantic Highlands, NJ, 1994.




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