Selected bibliography on the NVS and variorum editing

Braunmuller, A.R., “Shakespeares Various,” in Ann Thompson and Gordon McMullan (eds.), In Arden: Editing Shakespeare, London: Arden Shakespeare–Thompson Learning, 2003, pp. 3–16

Furness, Horace Howard, The Letters of Horace Howard Furness, ed. Horace Howard Furness Jayne, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1922

Galey, Alan, “The Archive and the Book: Information Architectures from Folio to Variorum,” in The Shakespearean Archive: Experiments in New Media, Cambridge University Press, 2014, pp. 78-117

Gibson, James M., The Philadelphia Shakespeare Story: Horace Howard Furness and the New Variorum Shakespeare, New York: AMS Press, 1990

Gondris, Joanna, “‘All This Farrago’: the Eighteenth-Century Shakespeare Variorum Page as a Critical Structure,” in Gondris (ed.), Reading Readings: Essays on Shakespeare Editing in the Eighteenth Century, Madison, WI: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1998, pp. 123-39

de Grazia, Margreta, Shakespeare Verbatim: The Reproduction of Authenticity and the 1790 Apparatus, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991

Hunt, Maurice, “New Variorum Shakespeares in the Twenty-First Century,” Yearbook of English Studies, 29 (1999), 57–68

Knowles, Richard, Shakespeare Variorum Handbook: a Manual of Editorial Practice, 2nd ed., New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2003,

Knowles, Richard, “Variorum Commentary,” TEXT: an Interdisciplinary Annual of Textual Studies, 6 (1994), 35–47

Knowles, Richard, “What’s New In the New Variorum?”, Shakespearean International Yearbook, 2 (2002), 143-9

Orgel, Stephen, “What Is an Editor?”, in The Authentic Shakespeare, and Other Problems of the Early Modern Stage, New York: Routledge, 2002

Traister, Daniel, “The Furness Memorial Library,” in The Penn Library Collections at 250: From Franklin to the Web, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Library, 2000, pp. 62–79,

Werstine, Paul, “Past Is Prologue: Electronic New Variorum Shakespeares,” Shakespeare, 4.3 (2008), 224-36

Ziegler, Georgianna (ed.), Shakespeare Study Today: The Horace Howard Furness Memorial Lectures, New York: AMS Press, 1986


  • Paul Werstine says:

    thank you, Alan. Here are some additional items relevant to the NVS:

    Best, Michael. “Shakespeare and the Electronic Text.” A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text. Ed. Andrew Murphy. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007. 145- 61.
    Byron, George Gordon, Lord. Byron’s “Don Juan”: A Variorum Edition. Ed. Truman Guy Steffan and William W. Pratt. 2nd ed. Austin: U of Texas P, 1971.
    Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Variorum Chaucer. Ed. Paul G. Ruggiers. Norman: Oklahoma UP, 1979–.
    Clary, Frank Nicholas. “Charles Gildon’s Editorial Apparatus and Nicholas Rowe’s Hamlet.” Hamlet Studies 25 (2003): 156-74.
    Crane, Gregory. “In a Digital World, No Book Is an Island: Designing Electronic Primary Sources and Reference Works for the Humanities.” In Creation, Use, and Deployment of Digital Information. Ed. Herre Van Oostendorp, Leen Breure, Andrew Dillon. Malwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2005. 11-26.
    —-, et al. “Drudgery and Deep Thought.” Communications of the ACH 44 (2001).
    Darwin, Charles. The Origin of Species: A Variorum Edition. Ed. Morse Peckham. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania P, 1959.
    Donne, John. Variorum Edition of the Poetry of John Donne. Ed. Gary Stringer et al.
    Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1994–.
    Greetham, David. Textual Scholarship: An Introduction. New York: Garland, 1994.
    Kliman, Bernice W. “Print and Electronic Editions Inspired by the New Variorum Hamlet Project.” Shakespeare Survey 59 (2006): 157-67.
    Lavagnino, John. “Two Varieties of Digital Commentary.” Textual Performances: The
    Modern Reproduction of Shakespeare’s Drama. Ed. Lukas Erne and Margaret Jane Kidnie. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004. 194-209.
    Milton, John. A Variorum Commentary on the Poems of John Milton. Ed. Merritt Y. Hughes et al. 6 vols. New York: Columbia UP, 1970-75.
    Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra. A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare. Ed. Marvin Spevack et al. New York: MLA, 1990.
    —-. As You Like It. A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare. Ed. Richard Knowles. New York: MLA, 1977.
    —-. The Complete Works. Ed. Stanley Wells et al. Oxford: Clarendon P, 1986
    —-. Measure for Measure. A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare. Ed. Mark Eccles. New York: MLA, 1980.
    —-. The New Cambridge Shakespeare. Gen. Ed. Philip Brockbank et al. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1984-2009.
    —-. The Folger Library Shakespeare. Ed. Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. New York: Washington Square P, 1992-2009.
    —-. The Norton Shakespeare Based on the Oxford Edition. Ed. Stephen Greenblatt et al. NewYork: Norton, 1997.
    —-. The Oxford Shakespeare. Gen. Ed. Stanley Wells. Oxford: Clarendon, 1982-.
    —-. Plays. Ed. Samuel Johnson and George Steevens. 10 vols. 1773.
    —-. Plays. Ed. Samuel Johnson and George Steevens. 10 vols. 1778.
    —-. Plays. Ed. Samuel Johnson, George Steevens, and Isaac Reed. 10 vols. 1785.
    —-. Plays. Ed. George Steevens and Isaac Reed. 15 vols. 1793.
    —-. Plays. Ed. Isaac Reed. 21 vols. 1803.
    —-. Plays. Ed. Isaac Reed. 21 vols. 1813.
    —-. Plays and Poems. Ed. James Boswell [and Edmond Malone]. 21 vols. 1821.
    —-. Romeo and Juliet. A New Variorum Edition of Shakespeare. Ed. H. H. Furness.
    Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1871.
    —-. The Third Arden Shakespeare. Gen. Ed. Richard Proudfoot et al. London: Routledge, 1995–.
    Smith, David Nichol. Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1928

  • Thank you Alan for getting this started. The bibliography is extremely useful.

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