In the nineteenth century, Shakespeare achieved the status of international pre-eminence that we recognise today. He and his major characters were depicted in statues, paintings and illustrations, and in Stratford-upon-Avon the house where he was born was purchased for the nation and the first Memorial Theatre was built. His words were read, quoted and declaimed in domestic drawing rooms and theatres all around the world, as well as in the works of the leading writers of the day, in intimate love letters and in the pages of radical newspapers. As these new essays show, his was a voice that resonated tellingly throughout the century's cultural, political and literary arenas. The unique reference guide also shows just how popular he was in a number of London theatres and how integral a part he played in the publishing industry of the day and in the burgeoning field of literary criticism.
Gail Marshall is Professor of Victorian Literature and Director of the Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester.
Introduction Gail Marshall; 1. Shakespeare editions Christopher Decker; 2. Shakespeare criticism Mark Hollingsworth; 3. Shakespeare in the periodicals Kathryn Prince; 4. Shakespeare our (nineteenth-century) contemporary Russell Jackson; 5. Shakespeare and nineteenth-century fiction Gail Marshall; 6. Shakespeare and nineteenth-century poetry Philip Shaw and Gail Marshall; 7. Shakespeare and drama David Taylor; 8. Shakespeare in London Russell Jackson; 9. Shakespeare in the provinces Richard Foulkes; 10. Shakespeare and music Julie Sanders; 11. Women and Shakespeare Georgianna Ziegler; 12. Shakespeare and politics William Greenslade; 13. Shakespeare and commercialism Julia Thomas; 14. Shakespeare and the visual arts Stuart Sillars; 15. Shakespeare in Europe John Stokes; 16. Shakespeare and Germany Frederick Burwick; 17. Shakespeare in America's Gilded Age Virginia Mason Vaughan; Reference guide: performances of Shakespeare's plays in nineteenth-century London Janice Norwood; Nineteenth-century works about Shakespeare: criticism, editions, reference works, biographies, play publication by year Mark Hollingsworth; Bibliography; Index.