Playhouse Shadows: The Manuscript behind Dick of Devonshire

  • William B Long Washington University
Keywords: Heywood, Dick of Devonshire, manuscripts


Even though six annotations by the playhouse bookkeeper comprise fairly slim evidence, I believe they provide conclusive proof that the scribe's copy for Dick of Devonshire, BL MS Egerton 1994, folios 30-51, was the playhouse copy as prepared for production by the company bookkeeper. These six annotations are indeed 'Playhouse Shadows' that identify the scribe's copy-text.

Author Biography

William B Long, Washington University
William B. Long ( has taught Shakespeare and English renaissance drama at Washington University in St Louis and at The City College of New York. He has published a series of articles exploring the workings of late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century English manuscript playbooks.
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