Marginal Malone

The Malone Society is very pleased to inform members and others that a symposium, ‘Marginal Malone’, will take place on 26 June 2015 at the University of Oxford. This symposium examines the lives and afterlives of Malone’s readings of English literature, and is a collaboration between the Yale Program in the History of the Book and the Bodleian Centre for the Study of the Book.

The speakers are Margreta de Grazia, Arnold Hunt, Clive Hurst, Kathryn James, Ivan Lupić, Bill Sherman, and Tiffany Stern.

Symposium, Saturday 16 May

We’re holding a symposium!

Reverend Productions and The Malone Society present:

King Leir

A staged reading and symposium
Saturday 16 May, 10:30am-6:30pm
The Chapel, Somerville College, Woodstock Road, Oxford

The staged reading will commence at 11am. Speakers in the afternoon symposium will include Professor Tiffany Stern, Professor Katherine Duncan-Jones and Professor Sir Brian Vickers. Please see below for the full programme.

Tickets £20 (students: £15). Admission includes a sandwich lunch and afternoon tea.
Box Office:  http://www.reverendproductions.com/#!kingleir/crwp
Further information:  info@reverendproductions.com

Leir 7For the full programme, see our ‘Events’ section.

Malone Society Photo Competition Launch

Most of us have a favourite Malone Society title. Add a dash of creativity and a photo, and you could win that volume.

We are launching our brand new photo competition today, and this is how you participate: 1) pick your favourite title from our list of publications (https://malonesociety.files.wordpress.com/…/malone-catalogu…) 2) Get creative: create a little scene with lego men, do a drawing, use sock-puppets – it’s all up to you, so long as the title is clear. 3) take a photo and post it to twitter or facebook with the hashtag ‪#‎malsocphoto‬. Winners will be announced here, on twitter, and on facebook, and we will be picking a new one each month.

Best of luck to you all!

Book of the Month

Dear all,

We are changing our Book of the Month scheme. We have gone through our entire catalogue at this point, and, not wishing to repeat ourselves, we will now be tailoring our offers to relevant events on the academic and performative early modern stage instead.

Check this space for future updates, and feel free to make suggestions regarding events you feel may be of interest – we always appreciate your comments.

Book of the Month: Collections IX

The Book of the Month for December 2014 is Collections IX. If you’re a member of the Malone Society, take advantage of this great deal and buy a copy today for only £5.00 plus £3 postage! (The regular price is £15).

DECEMBER: 
Collections IX

The ultimate bargain! Five fascinating items, offering a range of insights into early modern theatrical practice for just £1.00 each!

Marvel at the costs and variety of items involved in mounting the Corpus Christi play, and a range of other dramatic entertainments, in sixteenth-century Sherborne (Dorset)!

Contrast the paucity of twenty-first-century theatrical companies touring the provinces with the number of prestigious troupes visiting Aldeburgh (or being paid not to visit Aldeburgh) from 1566 to 1635!

Re-live the delights of an Elizabethan jig!

Laugh at the activities of the citizens of John Tatham’s (?) seventeenth-century comedy!

Join the hunt for the authors of five fragmentary ‘waifs and strays’ of the Elizabethan-Jacobean stage, including the opening lines of ‘A stately Tragedy contayninge the ambitious life and death of the great Cham’, and part of a masque possibly performed by a juvenile troupe in the 1620s as part of the Christmas festivities in the house of Lord Grey.

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 The items included in the volume are from manuscript sources in a range of institutions, including the National Library of Wales, the Essex Record Office, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Huntington Library. They were edited by A.D. Mills, J.C. Coldewey, J.M. Nosworthy, J.L. Murphy and G.R. Proudfoot.

This offer has now expired; to buy the book please go to our online shop.

Book of the Month: Tom a Lincoln

The Book of the Month for November 2014 is Tom a Lincoln. If you’re a member of the Malone Society, take advantage of this great deal and buy a copy today for only £5.00 plus £3 postage! (The regular price is £15).

NOVEMBER: 
Tom a Lincoln

Our Book of the Month for November is a tale of Arthurian legend, war, and fairy enticements as we follow Tom a Lincoln on his quest to discover the true identity of his father. Born the son of King Arthur, but abandoned and raised by a shepherd, Tom becomes discontented with his bucolic existence, deciding instead to recruit a band of outlaws and live as the Red Rose Knight. At Arthur’s court he comes to blows with the King Arthur, but redeems himself by thwarting a French invasion and is granted permission to travel in search of his true father. After six years he arrives in Fairyland, where he and his knights are seduced by the female inhabitants. He then moves on to the court of Prester John, and falls in love with the princess Anglitora, but is unable to marry her because he is a foreigner. You’ll have to read the play to discover if Tom and Anglitora get their happy ending, and whether Tom ever discovers the true identity of his father…

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The Society’s edition is a diplomatic transcript of the unique MS, now Add. MS 61745 in the British Library. The introduction includes a discussion of the play’s links with the Shakespeare and Heywood canons.

This offer has now expired; to buy the book please go to our online shop.

Book of the Month: Captain Thomas Stukeley

The Book of the Month for October 2014 is Captain Thomas Stukeley. If you’re a member of the Malone Society, take advantage of this great deal and buy a copy today for only £5.00 plus £3 postage! (The regular price is £15).

OCTOBER: 
Captain Thomas Stukeley

October’s Book of the Month takes us from London to Africa as we follow the exploits of its eponymous protagonist. Thomas Stukeley’s father comes to visit him in London, only to find his son neglecting his legal career and living beyond his means. Only three days after marrying Nell Curtis and paying off his creditors with his father-in-law’s money, Thomas decides to leave the law behind to seek honour on the battlefield. We follow him to Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and Africa in his quest, but will his conscience get the better of him in his work for the double-dealing King Philip of Spain? For which side will he choose to fight? Will Captain Thomas Stukeley make it out of Africa alive?

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The Society’s edition is a type-facsimile of Thomas Pavier’s Quarto of 1605, printed by William Jaggard. The volume is of especial textual interest in that it contains two versions of the same scene, one in standard English and the other in Irish dialect.

This offer has now expired; to buy the book please go to our online shop.

Book of the Month: The Marriage Between Wit and Wisdom

The Book of the Month for September 2014 is The Marriage Between Wit and Wisdom. If you’re a member of the Malone Society, take advantage of this great deal and buy a copy today for only £5 plus £3 postage! (The regular price is £15).

SEPTEMBER: 
The Marriage Between Wit and Wisdom

Our Book of the Month for September tracks the adventures of Wit on his path to woo Wisdom, whom he has been ordered to marry on pain of losing his inheritance. On the way he is robbed by Idleness, bored by Honest Recreation, and imprisoned by Fancy. But will Wit and Wisdom finally tie the knot?

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The Society’s edition is a diplomatic transcript of the unique MS (British Library, Add. MS 26782), which is of especial interest for its resemblance to a printed edition.

This offer has now expired; to buy the book please go to our online shop.

Book of the Month: The Wasp

The Book of the Month for August 2014 is The Wasp. If you’re a member of the Malone Society, take advantage of this great deal and buy a copy today for only £5.00 plus £3 postage! (The regular price is £15.)

AUGUST: 
The Wasp

August’s Book of the Month is a tale of power struggles, usurpation and subterfuge in Roman Britain. The Prorex Marianus seizes power from Gilbert and establishes his corrupt favourite in a position of influence while Gilbert, faking his own death, disguises himself as ‘The Wasp’ in order to test the loyalty of his wife and son. But will Gilbert’s wife and son prove loyal? Will Marianus retain the throne? The metamorphosing banquet just might provide the answer…

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The Society’s edition is a diplomatic transcript of the unique MS (Alnwick Castle, MS 507), an authorial copy annotated as part of the the process of creating the play’s prompt-book for the King’s Revels Company.

This offer has now expired; to buy the book please go to our online shop.

Book of the Month: The Taming of A Shrew

The Book of the Month for July 2014 is The Taming of a Shrew. If you’re a member of the Malone Society, take advantage of this great deal and buy a copy today for only £5.00 plus £3 postage! (The regular price is £15).

JULY: 
The Taming of A Shrew

Our Book of the Month for July is a significant text in the early history of a well-known play. Perhaps one of the most familiar stories of the period thanks to Shakespeare’s version, this Malone Society edition includes several key differences to the Bard’s play, including the situating of the action in Greece and providing elder sister Kate with not one, but two younger, much-desired sisters. The framing device involving the drunken Sly remains, yet here he plays a more active role, reappearing at the end of the play to intercede in the action, and indeed vowing to tame his own wife! This text would be a key addition to any Renaissance drama scholar’s bookshelf.

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The Society’s edition is a photofacsimile of the Huntington copy of the 1594 First Quarto, the earliest play to be printed by Peter Short, who went on to print plays by Shakespeare, Jonson, and Samuel Daniel.

This offer has now expired; to buy the book please go to our online shop.