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Sherbo, Arthur 1918-

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Works: 107 works in 234 publications in 2 languages and 6,747 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Poetry  Quotations  Records and correspondence  Sources 
Roles: Editor
Classifications: PR2968, 822.33
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English sentimental drama by Arthur Sherbo ( Book )
13 editions published between 1950 and 1957 in English and Undetermined and held by 746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
English poetic diction from Chaucer to Wordsworth by Arthur Sherbo ( Book )
6 editions published in 1975 in English and held by 713 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The birth of Shakespeare studies commentators from Rowe (1709) to Boswell-Malone (1821) by Arthur Sherbo ( Book )
8 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 603 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Christopher Smart, scholar of the university by Arthur Sherbo ( Book )
7 editions published in 1967 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Samuel Johnson, editor of Shakespeare. With an essay on The Adventurer by Arthur Sherbo ( Book )
14 editions published between 1956 and 1982 in English and Spanish and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Studies in the eighteenth century English novel by Arthur Sherbo ( Book )
6 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Shakespeare's midwives : some neglected Shakespeareans by Arthur Sherbo ( Book )
5 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 442 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This work is a companion piece to Arthur Sherbo's Birth of Shakespeare Studies: Commentators from Rowe (1709) to Boswell-Malone (1821). The contributions of seven men to the commentary on the plays and poems of Shakespeare have been largely ignored or forgotten. As a result, modern editions of Shakespeare's works have claimed for themselves or for nineteenth-century editors and commentators information and insights that have been anticipated by one or another of eighteenth-century commentators. Shakespeare's Midwives brings to light these earlier commentators, adding a valuable new perspective to Shakespeare studies. Samuel Johnson, George Steevens, Edmond Malone, and Isaac Reed are names known to all students of Shakespeare's works. They brought the commentary on the plays and poems to a point where future scholars could, for the most part, concentrate on sources and, primarily, on the text of these works. These four men were omnivorous readers; all were great book collectors. And the knowledge they had won through their wide reading in all genres and in a number of languages came to the fore as they edited, either individually or in collaboration, edition after edition of Shakespeare's plays, sometimes with the poems included. But they were not alone in their endeavors, for many of their friends and acquaintances - and even perfect strangers - responded to their public and private pleas for help. It is with these last, the co-adjutors, that this volume is concerned. Either in direct conversation, in letters, or in the pages of the Gentleman's Magazine or some other periodical, these amateur Shakespeareans made their suggestions or voiced their objections to what they had read in one or more of the editions of Shakespeare. Sometimes they signed their names; more often they cloaked their identity. Thus, one often encounters a suggestion, embedded usually in a note by one of the editors, by "Anon." It is, however, identifiable amateur Shakespeareans whom Sherbo has elected to call Shakespeare's midwives. He has tried to do justice to the contributions of each of these seven men, some of whom wrote hundreds of notes on some aspect of Shakespeare's works, but of necessity only part of their contributions could be quoted or cited. Sherbo has also tried to show that a considerable number of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Shakespeareans have either been ignorant of, have ignored, or have mutilated some of the notes of these men. In a number of instances, he shows that nineteenth- and twentieth-century scholars have been anticipated by their eighteenth-century forerunners. This work makes clear that claims of precedence by later scholars must be made only when the contributions of these seven men and some of their contemporaries, named or unnamed, have been examined
Christopher Smart's verse translation of Horace's Odes : text and introduction by Horace ( Book )
2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
New essays by Arthur Murphy ( Book )
3 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Samuel Johnson's critical opinions : a reexamination by Arthur Sherbo ( Book )
5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Isaac Reed, editorial factotum by Arthur Sherbo ( Book )
5 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Johnson on Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson ( Book )
11 editions published between 1968 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Notes to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson ( Book )
4 editions published between 1957 and 1967 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Richard Farmer, master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge : a forgotten Shakespearean by Arthur Sherbo ( Book )
4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Richard Farmer (1735-1797) is remembered as the author of An Essay on the Learning of Shakespeare (1767) and as the gregarious Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. The fullest extent of his contribution to Shakespeare studies has not, however, been recognized. Arthur Sherbo now brings together the various aspects of Farmer's life and thus restores to proper balance Farmer's long-neglected importance as a Shakespearean. Richard Farmer was friends with, and contributed to the Shakespeare editions of, three of the great Shakespearean scholars of the eighteenth century - George Steevens, Isaac Reed, and Edmond Malone. He was of assistance to Samuel Johnson in the so-called Johnson-Steevens editions of Shakespeare of 1773 and 1778. Indeed, while there is only one recorded meeting between Farmer and Johnson, the two were compatible in many respects. Johnson is reported by Thomas Percy to have been delighted with Farmer's Essay: "He speaks of it with the most unreserved applause, as a most excellent performance; as a compleat and finished piece that leaves nothing to be desired in point of Argument: For That the question is now forever decided." The question was how much Latin - and Greek - Shakspeare knew. Farmer was able to show that in many instances where others had claimed Shakespeare's knowledge of the classics in the original languages there were English translations of these works available to him. Farmer somewhat overstated his case, but he resolved many questions. Farmer's life is of great interest in that his was prototypical of the life of the teacher-scholar in the eighteenth century in one of the two great English universities. He occupied many of the positions of the academic and ecclesiastical worlds, for he was also a Doctor of Divinity. Master of Emmanuel College for many years, he had been Fellow, Tutor, Lecturer in the College, as well as Principal Librarian of the University. He, as did other Masters of Colleges, served as Vice-Chancellor of the University. He was ordained a priest and served in other ecclesiastical capacities culminating in a residentiaryship at St. Paul's in London. He is reported to have refused a bishopric. Above all he was one who loved the good things in life - food, wine, books (he had a remarkable library), and friends. And, as this account makes clear, he was a man of strong principles
Henry James in the periodicals by Arthur Sherbo ( Book )
3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Studies in the Johnson circle by Arthur Sherbo ( Book )
3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The achievement of George Steevens by Arthur Sherbo ( Book )
3 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Letters to Mr. Urban of the Gentleman's magazine, 1751-1811 by Arthur Sherbo ( Book )
4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Notes to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson ( Book )
7 editions published between 1957 and 1967 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Memoirs of the life and writings of the late Dr. Samuel Johnson by William Shaw ( Book )
9 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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