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Alan H. Nelson: Personal Bibliography


Medieval English Drama: Essays Critical and Contextual, ed. Jerome Taylor and Alan H. Nelson (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1972). Co-editor of volume and author of two essays:

The Medieval English Stage: Corpus Christi Pageants and Plays (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974).

The Plays of Henry Medwall (Ipswich: D. S. Brewer Press, 1980). [An edition of Fulgens and Lucres and Nature.]

Cambridge, Records of Early English Drama, 2 vols. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1989).

Early Cambridge Theatres: University, College, and Town Stages, 1464-1720 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).

Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere, Seventeenth Earl of Oxford (Liverpool University Press, 2003).

Oxford, Records of Early English Drama, 2 vols. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004). [I am one of four editors: the others are John R. Elliott, Jr.; Alexandra F. Johnston; and Diana Wyatt.]

Inns of Court, ed. Alan H. Nelson and John R. Elliott, Jr., Records of Early English Drama, 3 vols. (London: D.S Brewer, 2010).


The Library of Humphrey Dyson (1588-1633), Oxford Bibliographical Society (Oxford University Press, 21??).

Essex, in Records of Early English Drama


"'Sacred' and 'Secular' Currents in The Towneley Play of Noah," Drama Survey 3 (1964), 393-401.

"Early Pictorial Analogues of Medieval Theatre-in-the-Round," Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama 12 (1969), 93-106.

"Principles of Processional Staging: York Cycle," Modern Philology 67 (1970), 303-20.

"On Recovering the Lost Norwich Corpus Christi Cycle," Comparative Drama 4 (1970/71), 241-52.

"Six-wheeled Carts: An Underview," Technology and Culture 13 (1972), 391-416.

"The Wakefield Corpus Christi Play: Pageant Procession and Dramatic Cycle," Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama 13- 14 (1970/71), 221-33.

"'Of the seuen ages': An Unknown Analogue of The Castle of Perseverance," Studies in Medieval Drama: a special issue, Comparative Drama 8 (1974), 125-38.

"A Pilgrimage to Toledo: Corpus Christi Day 1974," Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama 17 (1974), 123-29.

"Life Records of Henry Medwall, M.A., Notary Public and Playwright, and John Medwall, Legal Administrator and Summoner," Leeds Studies in English, 11 (1979), 111-55.

"Easter Week Pageants in Valladolid and Medina del Campo," Medieval English Theatre 1 (1979), 62-70.

"Mechanical Wheels of Fortune, 1100-1547," Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 58 (1980), 227-33.

"A Salting at St. John's, 1620," The Eagle, 69 [no. 104] (Easter 1983), 23-30.

"Computer Texts for REED," Records of Early English Drama Newsletter, 8 (1983), 11-19.

"'King I sit': Problems in Medieval titulus Verse," Mediaevalia, 8 (1985 for 1982), 189-210.

"Castle of Perseverance" in Dictionary of the Middle Ages, 3, pp. 142-3 (New York, 1987).

"Medwall, Henry," in Dictionary of the Middle Ages, 8, pp. 262-3 (New York, 1987).

"Morality Play," in Dictionary of the Middle Ages, 8, p. 484 (New York, 1987).

"Early Drama in the English Universities," in Contexts for Early English Drama, ed. Marianne Briscoe and John Coldewey, pp. 138-50 (Indiana University Press, 1989).

"Cambridge University Drama in the 1580s," in T. E. McGee and Lynne Magnusson (eds), Elizabethan Theatre XI (1990), 19-31.

"Women in the Audiences of Cambridge Plays," Shakespeare Quarterly, 41 (1990), 333-6.

"Hall Screens and Elizabethan Playhouses: Counter-Evidence from Cambridge," in The Development of Shakespeare's Theater, ed. John Astington, pp. 57-76 (New York: AMS Press, 1992).

(with Iain Wright): "A Cambridge Playhouse of 1638?: Reconsiderations," Renaissance Drama, n.s. 22 (1991), 175-89. NB: Nelson is principal author (70%); Iain Wright co-author (30%). Publication 1993.

"Early Staging in Cambridge," pp. 59-67, in John D. Cox and David Scott Kastan (eds.), A New History of Early English Drama (New York: Columbia UP, 1997).

(with Sally-Beth MacLean): "New Light on Henry Medwall," Leeds Studies in English, n.s. 28 (Winter 1997), 77-98. NB: MacLean is principal author (60%); Nelson is co-author (40%).

"George Buc, William Shakespeare, and the Folger George a Greene," Shakespeare Quarterly, 48 (Spring 1998), 74-83.

"Stratford Si! Essex No! (An Open-and-Shut Case)," Tennessee Law Review, 72:1 (Fall 2004), 149-69.

"Shakespeare and the Bibliophiles: from the earliest years to 1616," pp. 49-73, in Robin Myers, Michael Harris, and Giles Mandelbrote (eds.), Owners, Annotators and the Signs of Reading (London: British Library, 2005).

"Calling All (Shakespeare) Biographers! or, A Plea for Documentary Discipline," in Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson, ed. Ronnie Mulryne (Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2006), pp. 55-67.

"Give Fire, Gunner!": Inner Temple High-Jinx, Christmas 1627-8,' The Inner Temple Yearbook 2006/7, 46-8.

'Merriment' (part of 'Food, Drink, and Merriment'), pp 126-8, in A Portrait of Lincoln's Inn, ed Angela Holdsworth (London: Third Millenium, 2007).

"The Universities and the Inns of Court," pp. 280-91, in Oxford Handbook of Theatre History, ed. Richard Dutton (Oxford UP, 2009).

"Emulating Royalty: Cambridge, Oxford, and the Inns of Court," pp. 67-76, in Shakespeare Studies, 37 (2009), 67-76.

and Paul H. Altrocchi, "William Shakespeare, 'Our Roscius,'" Shakespeare Quarterly, 60 (2009), 460-9.

and Jessica Winston, "Drama of the Inns of Court," vol. 2, pp 94-104, in A New Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, ed. Michael Hattaway (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).

"Hard Choices: A REED Editor Battles House Style," Medieval and Renaisssance Drama in England, 24 (2011), 17-24.

"New Light on Drama, Music, and Dancing at the Inns of Court to 1642," pp 302-14, in The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court, ed. Jayne Elizabeth Archer, Elizabeth Goldring, and Sarah Knight (Manchester University Press, 2011).

"Manuscripts from the 1682 Sale of Richard Smith's Library," pp. 300-16, in In the Prayse of Writing, Early Modern Manuscript Studies: Essays in Honour of Peter Beal, ed. S. P. Cerasano and Steven W. May (London: The British Library, 2012).

"The Life and Theatrical Interests of Edward de Vere, seventeenth Earl of Oxford," pp. 39-48, in Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells, eds., Shakespeare Beyond Doubt (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

"Who Didn't Write Leicester's Commonwealth? (Who Did?)," pp. 11-18, in English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, 18 (London: The British Library, 2013).

David Mateer and Alan H. Nelson, "'When sorrows come': John Webster v. Thomas Dekker in the Court of King's Bench," Shakespeare Quarterly, 65 (2014), 199-208.

"Shakespeare and Southwark," pp. 159-72, in Drama and Pedagogy in Medieval and Early Modern England, ed. Elisabeth Dutton and James McBain, Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 31 (Tubingen: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag, 2015).

"His Literary Patrons," pp. 275-88, in The Shakespeare Circle: An Alternative Biography, ed. Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

"The Death of Henry Medwall (1501)" Notes and Queries, 63(3) (2016), 375-6.


Review of Rosemary Woolf, English Mystery Plays, in Modern Philology 71 (1974), 409-13.

Review of Thomas Chaundler, Liber Apologeticus, ed. Doris Enright-Clark Shoukri, in Medium Aevum 44 (1975), 327-29.

Review of Glynne Wickham, The Medieval Theatre, in Medium Aevum 45 (1976), 233-26.

Review of Robert Potter, The English Morality Play, in Medium Aevum 45 (1976), 352-54.

Review of Elie Konigson, L'Espace theatral medieval, in Speculum 53 (1978), 393-95.

Review of A. M. Nagler, The Medieval Religious Stage, in Educational Theatre Journal 29 (1977), 574-75.

"Tools of the Trade: Early English Drama," a review of Records of Early English Drama, vols. 1-2 (York), in University Publishing 9 (1980), 14.

Review of Records of Early English Drama: Chester (1979) in Modern Language Review, 78 (1983), 331-3.

Review of Malone Society Collections XI: Records of Plays and Players in Norfolk and Suffolk, ed. David Galloway and John Wasson, 1980, in Comparative Drama, 17 (1983), 82-4.

Review of The York Plays, ed. Richard Beadle (1982); The Chester Mystery Cycle: Essays and Documents, ed. R. M. Lumiansky and David Mills (1983); Peter W. Travis, Dramatic Design in the Chester Cycle (1982); and A Middle English Treatise on the Playing of Miracles, ed. Clifford Davidson (1981); in Modern Language Review, 79 (1984), 115-16.

Review of Martin Stevens, Four English Cycle Plays: Texts, Contexts, and Criticism, in English Language Notes (1990), 115-16.

Review of E. A. J. Honigmann and Susan Brock (eds.), Playhouse Wills 1558-1642: An Edition of Wills by Shakespeare and his Contemporaries in the London Theatre (Manchester and New York: Manchester UP, 1993), in Shakespeare Studies, 15, ed. Leeds Barroll (1997), pp. 280-85.

Review of Joseph Sobran, Alias Shakespeare: Solving the Greatest Literary Mystery of All Time (Free Press, 1997), in Shakespeare Quarterly (1999), 376-84.

Review of The Queen's Men and their Plays  (Cambridge UP, 1998), in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England (forthcoming)

Review of Brenda James, with William D. Rubenstein, The Truth Will Out: Unmasking the Real Shakespeare  (Harlow: Pearson Longman), in Times Literary Supplement, 25 November 2005, p. 28.

Review of Mark Anderson, "Shakespeare" By Another Name: The Life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man Who Was Shakespeare, in Times Literary Supplement, 27 January 2006, p. 30.

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