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dc.contributor.authorEgan, Gabrielen
dc.date.accessioned2012-10-01T14:30:02Z
dc.date.available2012-10-01T14:30:02Z
dc.date.issued2011
dc.identifier.citationEgan, G. (2011) Precision, consistency and completeness in early-modern playbook manuscripts: the evidence from Thomas of Woodstock and John a Kent and John a Cumber. The Library: the transactions of the Bibliographical Society, 12 (4), pp. 376 - 391.en
dc.identifier.issn1744-8581
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2086/7444
dc.description.abstractIn three influential essays of the 1980s, William B. Long challenged the standard New Bibliographical characterization of early-modern promptbooks and established a new othodoxy (Long 1985b; Long 1985a; Long 1989). Contrary to the assertions of W. W. Greg and others, Long argued, the play manuscripts used in the early-modern theatres, called promptbooks by New Bibliographers, could be sloppy. Long's essays have been widely received as successful attacks on the New Bibliography.1 According to Long, the vague, permissive, or self-contradictory stage directions that appeared in a dramatist's manuscript were not necessarily tidied for the convenience of the prompter, and no systematic effort was made to regularize inconsistent speech prefixes that gave multiple names for one character. Because such authorial peccadilloes were acceptable to performers, Long argued, the author's manuscript itself (rather than a fresh transcript of it) could normally serve as the document that regulated the performance as it happened.en
dc.languageEnglishen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford Journals © the authoren
dc.relation.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1093/library/12.4.376en
dc.titlePrecision, consistency and completeness in early-modern playbook manuscripts: the evidence from Thomas of Woodstock and John a Kent and John a Cumberen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1093/library/12.4.376
dc.researchgroupEnglish Research Groupen
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.ref2014.selected1365776196_0411521243999_29_4
dc.researchinstituteInstitute of Englishen


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