Responses To The Oxford Middleton
The Orphan Playwright, Gary Taylor, Guardian Unlimited Arts. November 17, 2007.
Gary Taylor on the resurgence of Thomas Middleton.
Review, Will Sharpe, Shakespeare Bookshop newsletter Dec. 2007
The Forgotten Playwright Who Rewrote Shakespeare’s Greatest Plays, Dalya Alberge, The Times, November 10, 2007.
Middleton was never knighted. The Times has mistakenly made him “Sir Thomas Middleton” through confusion with his namesake the Lord Mayor for which he wrote “The Triumphs of Truth”.
Thomas Middleton: For Adults Only, TIME Magazine Online, November 7, 2007.
“It is hard to exaggerate the scale of the Oxford Middleton particularly
since this is the kind of scholarship which is–in its diversity and
eclecticism–designed to open up debate rather than close it off. It is
a colossal achievement representing a decisive expansion of Renaissance studies which will percolate throughout scholarship and teaching. But what is, perhaps, most exciting, is that the collection must surely generate a rediscovery of these eminently stageable plays in the theatre.”
–Andrew James Hartley
Editor, Shakespeare Bulletin
Director, Shakespeare in Action Center, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
“The publication of The Complete Works of Middleton will be a major event for all those who care about the theatre of Shakespeare’s time. The scholarship is meticulous, the commentary is fascinating and the international team of experts displays the field of Renaissance Drama studies at its finest. In modern times, productions of The Changeling and Women Beware Women have shown the dark side of sex and power that Shakespeare touched on but never fully explored. The Complete Works now shows us the full range of Middleton’s talent for comedy and social drama and, controversially, the full extent of his collaboration with and development of Shakespeare’s plays.”
–Kathleen E. McLuskie
Director, The Shakespeare Institute
“All of us who care deeply about the history of English drama welcome with great enthusiasm and excitement the publication of the Collected Works of Thomas Middleton, a major achievement in textual scholarship that represents the collective expertise and critical wisdom of scholars from all over the world. Gary Taylor and his many collaborators have given us a new and remarkably versatile Thomas Middleton—a great tragic playwright, a brilliant creator of sly and cynical urban comedies, a thoroughly gifted man of the theater and citizen of London. With this massive collected edition, the history of English drama is much more complete and we can hope for many more professional productions of these neglected plays.”
–Gail Kern Paster
Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
“The Oxford Middleton is a monumental achievement. Gary Taylor and his team of scholars have managed to do for Thomas Middleton what Heminges and Condell did for Shakespeare in the 1623 First Folio: they’ve collected a great playwright’s work in a landmark edition, one that enables us to appreciate afresh an extraordinary literary career. Taken together, The Collected Works of Thomas Middleton and its companion volume Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture, provide an essential guide to matters at the heart of the English literary world in the early seventeenth century, from authorship and collaboration to censorship, civic pageantry, and the London book trade.”
author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare and Professor of English
“Few editorial projects have been as eagerly anticipated as the Oxford Middleton, which will utterly transform how we understand early modern drama, both in the classroom and in our research. As with Shakespeare, Gary Taylor and his team have set a new gold standard for textual editing and interpretive criticism, leaping from the 19th century to the 21st – finally an edition that captures Middleton’s tremendous accomplishments.”
author of The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, Poetics, and the Practical Spatial Arts, 1580-1630 (Oxford, 2006)