- Brings together a wealth of material from libraries around the world
- A comprehensive collection for the study of drama and social history
- Offers early editions and versions important for their textual variations
From the well known to the obscure, Three Centuries of English and American Plays represents a comprehensive resource for the study of drama and social history. Included is every important play published in the English language in England from the year 1516 through 1800. American plays date from 1714 through 1830. This collection brings together a wealth of material from libraries scattered all over the world.
Begun under the endorsement and sponsorship of the Theatre Library Association (TLA), the collection was initiated by Allardyce Nicoll, Chairman of the Drama Department, Yale University and George Freedley, President of TLA.
Content was drawn from the following bibliographies: "Nicoll's History of English Drama 1660-1900," "W.W. Greg's Bibliography of the English Printed Drama to the Restoration," "Wood and McManaway's Checklist of English Plays, 1641-1700" and "Hill's American Plays, 1714-1830."
The collection is comprehensive, including early editions and versions important for their textual variations. Several famous editions of Shakespeare's works are part of the collection, including those compiled by Malone and Rowe. The microfiche collection contains 895 early Larpent plays not originally issued on microprint.
Important institutional contributors include: Yale University, Columbia University, New York Public Library and the Huntington Library.
Editors: Henry W. Wells, Columbia University and G. William Bergquist, the New York Public Library
Product: 5,148 plays on 6,890 silver halide microfiche
Cataloging: Available on RLIN and OCLC
Available as a collection or by period:
1516-1641 Elizabethan, Shakespearean and Jacobean
1701-1750 Early Eighteenth Century
1751-1800 Late Eighteenth Century
1737-1800 Larpent Collection Manuscripts
1714-1830 American Plays
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