The Making of the Oxford Ben Jonson

Butler, Martin
November 2011
Review of English Studies;Nov2011, Vol. 62 Issue 257, p738
Academic Journal
The Oxford edition of Ben Jonson (11 vols, 1925–52) was one of the landmark scholarly editions of the twentieth century. These days it is known familiarly as ‘Herford and Simpson’, but behind this simple designation there is a complex history involving the personal relationships of the editors, C. H. Herford, Percy Simpson, and Evelyn Simpson, and the institutional workings of Oxford University Press. The edition's distinctive achievements, pragmatic accommodations, and shortcomings document the emergence of new principles of textual analysis in this period, and the transformation of bibliography as a subject of academic study.


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