THE following paragraphs are offered as a working
outline. They are planned to assist the reader who
may wish to search somewhat more deeply into the subject, or into parts of it, than the plan of this book permits:
their purpose is guidance, not exhaustive information. For
this reason previous bibliographies have been for the most
part indicated, not incorporated. The arrangement and
succession of subjects is that of the subject-matter of this
book. A reference to the Index will make the finding of any
specific entry comparatively easy. For minor matters the
reader is referred by means of the Index to the text, which
is furnished throughout with references to the authorities
on which the author's opinions or arguments are grounded.
Contemporary editions of individual plays will be found,
not in this Bibliography, but in the Index List of Plays,
under title. A few of the works most frequently cited are
abbreviated after first mention in this essay, in the notes
accompanying the text, and in the List of Plays. The following comprise most of these abbreviations:
| Anglia. Anglia: Zeitschrift für englische Philologie. 28 vols. 1878
to date. [In progress.]|
Herrig) Archiv für das Studium der neueren Sprachen. 115 vols. 1848 to date. [In progress.]|
| Brandl. Quellen des weltlichen Dramas in England vor Shakespeare, ein Ergänzungsband zu Dodsley's Old English Plays.
Strassburg, 1893. Quellen und
Forschungen zur Sprach- und Culturgeschichte der germanischen Völker, lxxx.|
| Brotanek. Die englischen Maskenspiele.
R. Brotanek. 1902.
Wiener Beiträge zur englischen Philologie, xv.|
| Chambers. The Mediæval Stage.
E. K. Chambers. 2 vols. 1903.|
| Collier. The History of English Dramatic Poetry to the Time of Shakespeare: and Annals of the Stage to the RestorationShakespeare: and Annals of the Stage to the Restoration.|