Herford, Lee, Porter


C. H. Herford (1899)

The "old" Eversley Shakespeare appeared in 10 vols. It was reissued in different sets and the number of volumes varied, depending on whether the publisher was British or American. The 10-vol. incarnation was published in the U.K and the U.S.A. in 1899 and 1904, respectively.

Professor Herford (1866-1931) was well known for his collaboration with Percy and Elizabeth Spearing Simpson on the monumental Ben Jonson, 11 vols. (1925-50).

His Times obit

He lost his only son, Siegfried Wedgwood Herford, in WW I (1916).

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The Normality of Shakespeare Illustrated in His Treatment of Love and Marriage (1920)

He wrote extensively on Browning, Ibsen, Lucretius, Wordsworth, and others.  

He held professorships at Victoria University, Manchester, and the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth


Sir Sidney Lee (1905-1910)

Lee's Shakespeare exists in two primary versions: the 40 vol. Renaissance and the 20 vol. Caxton, which is simply a doubling up reprint of the former in half the shelf space.

He wrote on many subjects, including a biography of Queen Victoria, and as co-editor of the DNB, a massive undertaking.  He compiled a  biography of Shakespeare and created collotype facsimile eds. of F1. the Sonnets, Luc., &c. 

Lee's 1926 obit in the Times

Terry Gray's Sidney Lee page

Renaissance Shakespeare

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Caxton Shakespeare

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A Life of William Shakespeare (1905)

Lee's DNB contributions


Charlotte E. Porter and Helen A. Clarke (1903-13)

As Lee was conceiving his facsimile editions, Porter and Clarke hit upon a concept that had not been much considered.  Why not create an old-spellling edition of Shakespeare based primarily on the First Folio?  A diplomatic transcript? They explain their rationale in the preface to the first volume. 

VIRGO site for the edition.

Or, by volume:

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New Variorum, Arden 1, Yale 1


The New Variorum Shakespeare (1871-1955)

A revival of the variorum method from the Enlightenment, geared to individual plays.  See the page devoted to the project. 


Arden Shakespeare (1899-1924)

The first serial edition devoted to inexpensive single editions with a team of editors. In some ways, the foundation of twentieth-century Shakespeare scholarship.  This page on the site accounts for it.


Yale Shakespeare

There are two eds.  The first, c. 1917-28, 40 vols. under the general stewardship of C. F. Tucker Brooke, Willard Highley Durham, and Wilbur L Cross. The second was in a one vol.  format as well (1954-60), general eds.  Helge Kökeritz and Charles Tyler Prouty. Some vols. are available in the public domain. Each volume in both versions of the series has an individual editor. 

A sampling of YAL1:  

Ant.  Ado.  MND  TN  Ham.  1H4  2H4

JC  Mac.  Tim.  WT   AYL  Lr. H5  Err.  Cor.  MM  

1H6  3H6  Oth.  R2  MWW  Tmp.  Shr.  Rom.  Poems  

A few vols. of YAL2


Brooke, Shakespeare of Stratford (1926)

Stewart, Some Textual Difficulties (1914)

Henrietta Bartlett, Early Editions (1923)

Brooke, The Authorship of the Second and Third Parts of "King Henry VI" (1917)

Neilson, Munro, Alexander


Wiiliam Allan Neilson and Ashley Horace Thorndike (1911-13)


The Tudor Shakespeare

Neilson (pictured) was president of Smith College and Thorndike taught at Columbia. The latter is alleged to have coined the term "revenge tragedy."

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The Facts about Shakespeare (1913)

His Smith College page


John Munro, The London Shakespeare (1923. 1958)

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Kittredge, Harrison, Sisson

George Lyman Kittredge (Harvard Art Museum)

George Lyman Kittredge (1936)

Longtime Harvard professor, raconteur and outsized personality (1860-1941).  He was fluent in several languages and published scholarly articles beginning in his twenties. He trained primarily as a folklorist, which remained his chief interest, but contributed strongly to the way that literature was, and continues to be, taught. He is often credited with making Chaucer part of the university curriculum and identifying Thomas Malory definitively as the author of Le Morte D'Arthur.  His edition of Shakespeare (1936) is still consulted. It had no footnotes or real commentary, so his Sixteen Plays of Shakespeare (1939) is a necessary adjunct. Some editions of indivdual plays were published, but Irving Ribner revised the texts and made Kitteredge's notes into a running commentary in the separate play editions (1966-69). As of now, none of this is online or in the public domain.

Wiki on Kittredge 

Shakspere: An Address (1916)

G. B. Harrison (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

George Bagshawe Harrison

(1894-1991) Harrison's first Shakespeare was the Penguin (1937), in paperback volumes with dust-wrappers. He edited the Bodley Head quarto facsimiles, and wrote introductory texts about Shakespeare as well. His one-volume version (1952) was a standard college textbook, and differs little from the Penguin.  Not one of his Shakespeare texts is online full view. 

Elizabethan Plays and Players (1956)

Wiki page on Harrison 


Charles Jasper Sisson

(1885-1966) He was an early director of the Shakespeare Institute. His collected edition was published in 1954, and is best supplemented with New Readings in Shakespeare (1956).  Neither is online.

His daughter Rosemary was an immensely successful playwright, novelist, and screenwriter, including The Duchess of Duke Street and Upstairs, Downstairs among her credits. 

Shakespeare's Tragic Justice 

Arden 2, Cambridge 3, Pelican


Second Arden (1946-82)

Unfortunately, only a few of these eds exist in the public domain--some with previews.  

MND  Shr.  Jn.  Err.  2H4  MV  Mac.  R2


Third Cambridge (1921-66)

John Dover Wilson (at right) was general ed. of this 39 vol. set., once referred to as the New Cambridge Shakespeare. Now  reissued, it goes under the title of the Cambridge Dover Wilson Shakespeare.  Here is a .pdf of Tmp. and a Google Books TGV

Dover Wilson trained as a bibliographer and editor with W. W. Greg and R. B. McKerrow, but retained a love of speculation and a sense of humor about the whole enterprise. In this, he demonstrated the influence of another mentor, Alfred W. Pollard.  His CAM3 was the first to embody the New Bibliography by including a "Note on the Text" for each play and the poems. He believed it was an editor's job to "infer" the "foul papers" or manuscript behind a printed play text. 


Pelican Shakespeare

The first edition (1956-67)  was issued in 40 vols.  The second (1969) was produced in single texts and in a collected volume. Alfred Harbage was general ed.  It featured an uncluttered presentation, with scene locations relegated to footnotes and only numbers indicating a change of scene,  so as to make the reading experience more fluid. 

Second Pelican (1969), complete