The University of Chicago Library
English Verse Drama
Published by Chadwyck-Healey, Inc.
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Chadwyck-Healey Editorial Statement:
English Verse Drama contains works acted on or intended for the stage, which are either wholly
or predominantly in verse. Masques, entertainments, translations and
adaptations are included, along with certain closet dramas omitted from The
English Poetry Full-Text Database. 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 entire
text of each verse 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. As with English Poetry, the bibliographic basis is the New Cambridge
Bibliography of English Literature, CUP 1969-72 (NCBEL). The database
aims to encompass the complete published corpus of verse dramas of writers
listed in NCBEL who were active before 1900.
The PhiloLogic implementation of English Verse Drama is based on automatic conversion of the SGML-encoded documents provided by Chadwyck-Healey. The database has 31.8 million words, 359,000 unique forms, in 2,284 works, listed in the online Bibliography.
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