Irving Ribner papers
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Irving Ribner, noted Shakespearean critic, joined the University of Delaware faculty in 1964 as an assistant professor in the English Department after eleven years on the faculty of Tulane University. He later became the H. Rodney Sharp Professor of English at Delaware. Ribner also lectured at Cambridge University and at the Sorbonne, and was a visiting scholar at the University of New York, the University of North Carolina, the University of Southern California, and the University of Arizona.
Dr. Ribner graduated from Brooklyn College in 1943 and began his graduate study at the University of North Carolina. After serving in the Army Signal Corp during World War II, he continued his studies at the University of North Carolina and received his PhD in 1949. Following his graduate education Dr. Ribner taught at Ohio State University and Queens College prior to teaching at Tulane.
Dr. Ribner wrote more than fifty articles on the literature of the English Renaissance and authored nine books, includingThe English History Play in the Age of Shakespeare (1965),Jacobean Tragedy; the Quest for Moral Order(1962), Poetry: A Critical and Historical Introduction (1962), andTudor and Stuart Drama(1966). He also edited an edition of Christopher Marlowe's plays, a collection of English poetry, and a revision of George L. Kittredge's Shakespeare.
In addition to being elected to several offices of the Modern Language Association, Ribner served as the head of the Association of Shakespeare section. Dr. Ribner died on July 2, 1972.
Information sheet by the Office of Alumni and Public Relations, December 1965. University of Delaware Archives.
This collection consists of typescripts, page proofs, and printed copies of material toward books written or edited by Irving Ribner. The titles includeThe Atheist's Tragedie: or, The Honest Man's Revenge by Cyril Tourneur (edited by Ribner), The English History Play in the Age of Shakespeare by Ribner. The collection also includes numerous plays by William Shakespeare as edited by George L. Kittredge and revised by Ribner.
- Boxes 1-8: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes
Gift of Irving Ribner, 1964-1967.
Reprocessed by Anita A. Wellner, 1990. Encoded by Caitlin Farthing, April 2013.
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- University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
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- 2013 April 3
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(London: Methuen & Co., 1964). Edited by Irving Ribner. Material toward Ribner's edition of this work.
Includes preliminary pages, preface, list of abbreviations, introduction, text, commentary, collation notes, appendix, and glossarial index to commentary.Physical Description
(London: Methuen & Co., 1965). Revised edition. Material related to this book written by Ribner.
Most of the sheets consist of printed text from 1st edition pasted to 8 1/2 x 14 sheets with autograph revisions to the text and other additions in the margins. Includes preface, text, and Appendices A-D.Physical Description
Clean copy with dust jacket.Physical Description
Includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, King Henry IV Part III, King Richard the Second, The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, King John, The Taming of the Shrew, King Henry IV Part I, Julius Caesar, The Tempest. Includes a typescript of the introductions to each play. The text consists of pasted printed material on 8 1/2 x 14 sheets with corrections and revisions in margins. The sheets include extensive autograph corrections and revisions by the author, editor and printer.
Includes 5 plays by Shakespeare not included in Thirteen Plays. Each has the same mock-up and design as the material for Thirteen Plays. Each is edited by George Lyman Kittredge and revised by Ribner. Includes a typescript introduction with extensive autograph authors', editors & printers' notes for each play. The text is on 8 1/2 x 14 sheets with pasted printed matter with autograph and typescript corrections and additions in the margins. (Publisher listed is Blaisdell Publishing Co., 1966).