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OUP discovers Shakespeare co-author
After years of research, OUP's The New Oxford Shakespeare is the first edition of Shakespeare's Complete Works to identify Christopher Marlowe as co-author of Henry VI parts one, two, and three. All conclusions about authorship are endorsed by five leading specialists in the field.
Gary Taylor, General Editor of The New Oxford Shakespeare, explained how new techniques have improved research: "We can now situate Shakespeare within large digital databases of almost all extant early modern plays, and almost all early modern printed poetry and literary prose. This makes it possible to distinguish, more precisely and more confidently, Shakespeare's stylistic identity from that of his fellow playwrights."
OUP has a longstanding history when it comes to publishing the works of Shakespeare. In 1743, Sir Thomas Hanmer, former Speaker of the House of Commons, worked on an edition which became the fastest-selling title in Oxford's history. Since then, OUP's Shakespeare catalogue has evolved to span both academic and education materials. The New Oxford Shakespeare research project, celebrating Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, uses the latest textual and theatrical studies to present a new consideration of Shakespeare's works.