Department of English
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1003
B.A. with honors, Grinnell College, 1953;
U.S. Army, 1953-55;
M.A. with honors, Columbia University, 1956;
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1966.
- Primary Interests: early modern London; its economics and history; its high and popular culture; its professional entertainers.
- Secondary Interests: early English manuscripts; chancery and secretary hands; transcription.
- Documents of The Parish of St Saviour, Southwark, in collaboration with Prof Alan H Nelson of UC Berkeley, a website incorporating all available documents of the parish, almost all of them previously untranscribed and unedited, including the parish's sacramental token books, now searchable.
⇨ Key Essays in Books:
- England, 1530-1642, volume 7 in the series The Theatre in Europe: Documents and Sources, in collaboration with Glynne Wickham and Herbert Berry (Cambridge University Press, 2001; ppb 2009);
- The Business of Playing: the beginnings of the adult professional theatre in Elizabethan London (Cornell University Press, 1992);
- A London Life in the Brazen Age: Francis Langley, 1548-1602 (Harvard University Press, 1978);
- A Concordance to John Milton's English Poetry (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1972).
⇨ Key Essays in Journals:
- "Lost Plays and Other Lost Things: Ways of Being Lost", and "George Hasell: who what where when why", two essays, both in the volume Loss and the Literary Culture of Shakespeare's Time (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
- "The Transgressive Stage Player", an essay in the volume Staged Transgression in Shakespeare’s England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
- "Early Modern Theatre History: where we are now, how we got here, where we go next", introductory essay to A Handbook on Early Modern Theatre, ed. Richard Dutton (Oxford University Press, 2009);
- "The Real Misfortunes of Arthur; Or, Not Making It on the Elizabethan Stage", Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 16 (2003);
- "Laurence Dutton, Stage Player: Missing and Presumed Lost", Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 14 (2001);
- "The Economics of Playing", in A Companion to Shakespeare, ed. David Scott Kastan (Columbia University Press, 1998).