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Simon Jarvis

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198182955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198182955.001.0001

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Lewis Theobald: The Specialist Scholar and his Textual-Critical Practice

Lewis Theobald: The Specialist Scholar and his Textual-Critical Practice

(p.88) 4 Lewis Theobald: The Specialist Scholar and his Textual-Critical Practice
Scholars and Gentlemen

Simon Jarvis

Oxford University Press

Lewis Theobald's own edition of William Shakespeare has received almost unanimous approval from subsequent, and especially from twentieth-century, historians of the subject. T. R. Lounsbury's lengthy defence of Theobald in The First Editors of Shakespeare was followed by R. F. Jones's Lewis Theobald, which first made clear the extent of Theobald's indebtedness to the textual-critical techniques of classical philology; later, more general surveys of the field, such as those of R. B. McKerrow and Brian Vickers, have singled out Theobald's criticism for praise; most recently, Peter Scary's full-length book has made an extensive and thoroughly documented case for Theobald's attention to Shakespearian bibliography and for his anticipation of the methods and tenets of the New Bibliographers. It is evident that much of Theobald's theory and practice mark a significant break with the previous course of criticism of English texts.

Keywords:   Lewis Theobald, William Shakespeare, T. R. Lounsbury, R. F. Jones, textual-critical techniques, classical philology, R. B. McKerrow, Brian Vickers, Shakespearian bibliography

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