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The database contains works in English acted on or intended for the stage,
which are either wholly or predominantly in prose. Dramatic works wholly
or predominantly in verse appear in English Verse Drama: the
Full-Text Database. In addition to plays, English Prose
Drama also covers masques, entertainments and certain closet
dramas. The database includes both original works and adaptations and
The choice of editions has been made under the guidance of the Editorial Board. Generally, the first authorised edition of each play has been used, except in cases where authorial revision or enlargement renders a later edition preferable. The bibliographic basis of English Prose Drama is the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, CUP 1969-72 (NCBEL). Annals of English Drama 975-1700 was used to confirm genre classification and dates for all pre-1700 plays.
The entire text of each prose drama is included. Any accompanying text written by the playwright and forming an integral part of the work, such as epigraphs, dramatis personae and notes, is generally also included, along with commendatory and prefatory poems by both the playwright and others.