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Frederick James Furnivall

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(1825–1910), was secretary to the Philological Society; in 1861 he became editor of the proposed New English Dictionary which developed into the Oxford English Dictionary. He ...

Furnivall, Frederick James

Furnivall, Frederick James (1825–1910)   Reference library

The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)

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2009
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..., Frederick James ( 1825–1910 ), scholar and founder of the Early English Text Society: b. Egham ; educ. Cambridge ( Trinity Hall...

Furnivall, Frederick James

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The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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..., Frederick James ( 1825–1910 ), English literary scholar and editor with a wide range of interests. Furnivall founded and headed the New Shakespeare Society ( 1873–94 ) in an attempt to organize and modernize what was then a largely amateur English Shakespeare scholarship. The Society became embroiled in a vituperative debate over the propriety of the verse analysis and theories of disintegration it propagated in this project and disbanded as a result. Furnivall founded a number of other literary societies, was active in Christian Socialism,...

Furnivall, Frederick James

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The Oxford Companion to Chaucer

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..., Frederick James ( 1825–1910 ), man of letters, an enthusiast who threw himself into many radical causes, and did a great deal to make medieval works available to scholars and readers through his Early English Text Society (founded 1864 ). His Chaucer Society ( 1868 ) published a number of very useful parallel text editions. His own appreciation of Chaucer was enthusiastic and emotional. Without later 20th-c. doubts he endorsed a ‘biographical’ approach. Chaucer at length became ‘the most gracious and tender spirit, the sweetest singer, the best...

Furnivall, Frederick James

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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..., Frederick James ( 1825–1910 ) Philologist and reformer , educated at University College London and Trinity College, Cambridge. He began his career as a barrister, but soon devoted his great energy to educational, philological, and literary pursuits. He was from 1847 a member of the Philological Society, and became its secretary; in 1861 he became editor of the proposed New English Dictionary which developed into the Oxford English Dictionary . He founded the Early English Text Society ( 1864 ), the Chaucer Society ( 1868 ), the Ballad Society...

Furnivall, F. J. (Frederick James)

Furnivall, F. J. (Frederick James) (1825–1910)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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..., F. J. (Frederick James) ( 1825–1910 ) English scholar and editor . Instigator of the * New [ Oxford ] English Dictionary , Furnivall prepared more than 100 texts for publication, primarily through the literary societies he founded: the *Early English Text Society and the *Chaucer , Ballad, New Shakspere, Browning, Wyclif, and Shelley societies. Furnivall’s most important editorial achievement was an edition of The * Canterbury Tales ( 1869 ), reproducing the text of six MSS in parallel columns. Karen Attar...

Frederick James Furnivall

Frederick James Furnivall  

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(1825–1910),was secretary to the Philological Society; in 1861 he became editor of the proposed New English Dictionary which developed into the Oxford English Dictionary. He founded the Early English ...
Chaucer Society

Chaucer Society  

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*Furnivall founded the Chaucer Society in 1868 ‘to do honour to Chaucer’ by producing transcripts of his MSS and scholarly studies of his works. Two series of publications were issued. ...
Teena Rochfort Smith

Teena Rochfort Smith  

(1861–83),English scholar. The poet Robert Browning wrote to the founder of the New Shakespeare Society, Frederick Furnivall, referring to the recently deceased Teena as ‘your sweet lost intimate’. ...
Leopold Shakespeare

Leopold Shakespeare  

A popular one-volume edition published in 1877 with an introduction by F. J. Furnivall and the text prepared by the German scholar Nikolaus Delius, dedicated to Prince Leopold, Queen Victoria's ...
New Shakspere Society

New Shakspere Society  

Founded in 1873 by F. J. Furnivall, it reprinted primary materials such as Brooke's Romeus and Juliet and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and published scholarly papers read at its meetings. It disbanded in ...
Percy Folio

Percy Folio  

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A manuscript in mid‐17th‐cent. handwriting, the most important source of our ballad literature and the basis of Child's collection. From it T. Percy drew the ballads included in his Reliques. The ...
Early English Text Society

Early English Text Society  

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Founded in 1864 by Furnivall for the publication of Early and Middle English texts.
Philological Society

Philological Society  

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Was founded in its present form in 1842 to investigate and to promote the study and knowledge of the structure, the affinities, and the history of language. Active in its formation were Thirlwell, A. ...
Roxburghe Club

Roxburghe Club  

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Select British club for bibliophiles. It was founded on 17 June 1812, when eighteen collectors, convened by Dibdin, dined together to commemorate the sale that day by R. H. Evans ...
Shakespeare as a surname

Shakespeare as a surname  

Over 80 spellings of the name are recorded by E. K. Chambers (William Shakespeare, 1930), including ‘Shaxpere’ in the marriage licence and ‘Shaxberd’ in the Revels account. Shakespeare uses variant ...
Sir Israel Gollancz

Sir Israel Gollancz  

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 (1863–1930) Scholar and English university teacher.A founding member, original fellow, and first secretary (1902–30) of the British Academy, Gollancz was a scholarly popularizer, especially of ...
metrical tests

metrical tests  

Scholars have long assumed that Shakespeare had characteristic metrical habits, which can be used to distinguish his work from that of his contemporaries, and that those habits changed over time ...
Old-Spelling Shakespeare

Old-Spelling Shakespeare  

(1907–9).An ambitious project to issue all Shakespeare's works in 40 volumes ‘in such a form as would have harmonized with the poet's own orthography’ (Prospectus) was part of the ...
Sir James Murray

Sir James Murray  

(1837–1915),acquired his great philological and anti‐quarian knowledge largely through his own studies. He made the acquaintance of many scholars with similar preoccupations, including Skeat, Sweet, ...
Henry Bradshaw

Henry Bradshaw  

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 (1831–86) English scholar, librarian, and bibliographer.Bradshaw was a leading British authority who brought together bibliography and codicology, establishing the foundations of modern ...

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