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Collection Level Description: Malone Papers

Reference: Malone 1046-58; MSS. Malone 29, 38-9, 43
Title: Malone Papers
Dates of Creation: 18th-19th cent.
Extent: 17 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Edmund Malone (1741-1812), critic and author, was born in at Dublin, and graduated at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1762. In 1763 he entered the society of the Inner Temple in London, and soon became a friend of Johson, Reynolds, Boswell, Burke, and other literary celebrities. His interest in Shakespeare dates from 1777, and resulted in an edition of his works in 1790 (11 volumes) and many corrections and additions for a new issue which only came out after his death, in 1821 (21 volumes). In connection with Shakespeare, Malone systematically purchased early English plays and formed a very large and valuable collection. In 1782 he exposed Chatterton's Rowley poems, and in 1796 Ireland's Shakespeare forgeries. He issued an edition of Dryden in 1800. On 5 July 1793 he received the honorary degree of DCL at Oxford, having in that year been engaged in research at the Ashmolean Museum and Bodleian. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Manuscripts of Edmund Malone, including:

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The manuscripts were purchased from Thomas Rodd, the London bookseller, in 1838.

Access Conditions

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Further Information

Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. V, nos. 28441-58.

Related Units of Description

See also Additional Papers of Edmund Malone and Malone Manuscripts.

Access Points


Malone | Edmund | 1741-1812 | Critic and Author

Shakespeare | William | 1564-1616 | Dramatist

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