Edmond Malone, Shakespearean Scholar: A Literary Biography

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 13, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 298 pages
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Edmond Malone (1741-1812) was the greatest early editor of Shakespeare's works, the first historian of early English drama, the biographer of Shakespeare, Dryden and Reynolds, and a relentless exposer of literary fraud and forgery. His dedication to discovering the facts of literary history through manuscripts and early editions laid the foundations for the scholar's code and the modern study of literature. Yet he was also a gregarious man, attracting many friends and enemies among his contemporaries. This first modern full-length biography of Edmond Malone illuminates in a unique way both the intensely private world of the scholar and the highly public world of the late eighteenth-century artistic, intellectual and political elite, including Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sarah Siddons and James Boswell.
 

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Contents

Irish beginnings
1
Shakspearomania
21
Dr Johnson and The Club
52
Courtship books forgeries and Horace Walpole
65
Scholarship and strife
81
helping Boswell with the Tour to the Hebrides
95
Deep in Shakespeare
112
Boswells Life of Johnson
144
homage to Reynolds and Burke
204
John Dryden and the closing of the century
223
Signs of weariness
243
The last of the Shakspearians
257
The MaloneBoswell third variorum edition 1821
271
Appendix A
277
Appendix B
280
Bibliography
281

Interruptions and disappointments
165
exposing Shakespeare forgeries
188

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Page 284 - Mr. Ireland's Vindication of his Conduct, Respecting the Publication of the Supposed Shakspeare MSS. Being a Preface or Introduction to a Reply to the Critical Labors of Mr. Malone, in His "Enquiry into the Authenticity of Certain Papers, &c., &c.

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