Gary Taylor is named lead editor of 'New Oxford Shakespeare'

| Fri, 05/07/10

World-renowned scholar Gary Taylor has been named lead editor of The New Oxford Shakespeare and plans to ensure that the new edition is far more than a traditional book.

“I will be actively pushing for a multipronged digital presence,” Taylor said. “After all, as director of the History of Text Technologies program [at FSU], I’m very aware of how new communications media have transformed the history of culture. We are living in a period of explosive expansion for text media, which will surely transform the way that we receive, teach, and understand Shakespeare.”

One of the collaborators chosen by Taylor has said that the new edition will include clips from film and stage versions of Shakespeare’s plays.

Taylor has a history of success leading complex scholarly projects. He served as general editor of Shakespeare’s Complete Works, published by OUP in 1986. In 2009, his Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works won the Modern Language Association’s prize for the world’s most “distinguished scholarly edition” published in the previous two years and firmly established Middleton as “our other Shakespeare.” Four other works by Taylor appear on the Random House/Modern Library list of the world’s best 100 books on Shakespeare. To read more, go to

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