We are very pleased to announce that The New Oxford Shakespeare: Critical Reference Edition (Volume1 and Volume 2) has published on Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO). This completes The New Oxford Shakespeare project, consisting of:
- The Modern Critical Edition (with modern spelling) — a complete Shakespeare for students and teachers
- The Critical Reference Edition (with original spelling) — a complete Shakespeare for scholars, for literary and bibliographic research
- The Authorship Companion — essays on questions of authorship and chronology across the Shakespearean canon
The Critical Reference Edition is created to facilitate scholarly research, with a particular emphasis on book history and the documentary origins of each text. It collects the same versions of the same works found in the Modern Critical Edition, keyed to the same line-numbering—whilst preserving the spelling, punctuation, capitalization, abbreviations, typographical contrasts, and ambiguities of the early documents. Introductions focus on early modern manuscript and print culture, setting each text within the material circumstances of its production, transmission, and early reception.
To find out more, please visit the New Oxford Shakespeare homepage.