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Collection Level Description: Additional Papers of Edmund Malone

Reference: MSS Malone 31, 36-7, 40-1
Title: Additional Papers of Edmund Malone
Dates of Creation: 1690-1817
Extent: 5 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 Johnson, 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

Additional Papers of Edmund Malone, including private papers and literary pieces.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Four of the manuscripts were purchased from Alfred Russell Smith, the London bookseller, for £45 in 1878. The fifth was presented to the Library in consequence of the purchase.

Access Conditions

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/services/admissions/).

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. 29146-9.

Related Units of Description

See also Malone Papers and Malone Manuscripts.

Access Points

Literature

Malone | Edmund | 1741-1812 | Critic and Author


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