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Medieval English Drama: Essays Critical and Contextual, ed. Jerome Taylor and Alan H. Nelson (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1972). Co-editor of volume and author of two essays:
The Medieval English Stage: Corpus Christi Pageants and Plays
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1974).
The Plays of Henry Medwall (Ipswich: D. S. Brewer Press, 1980). [An
edition of Fulgens and Lucres and Nature.]
Cambridge, Records of Early English Drama, 2 vols. (Toronto:
University of Toronto Press, 1989).
Early Cambridge Theatres: University, College, and Town Stages,
1464-1720 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).
Monstrous Adversary: The Life of Edward de Vere,
Seventeenth Earl of Oxford (Liverpool University Press,
Oxford, Records of Early English Drama, 2 vols. (Toronto:
University of Toronto Press, 2004). [I am one of four editors: the others
are John R. Elliott, Jr.; Alexandra F. Johnston; and Diana Wyatt.]
Inns of Court, ed. Alan H. Nelson and John R. Elliott, Jr.,
Records of Early English Drama, 3 vols.
(London: D.S Brewer, 2010).
BOOKS IN PROGRESS
The Library of Humphrey Dyson (1588-1633), Oxford Bibliographical
Society (Oxford University Press, 2006?).
Academic Staging in Renaissance England: Cambridge, Oxford, and the
Inns of Court
George Buc, the Man Who Questioned Shakespeare: A Documentary
Shakespeare and the Bibliophiles: Contemporary Owners of his Poems and Plays
Shakespeare in Evidence: A Documentary Biography
Essex, in Records of Early English Drama
"'Sacred' and 'Secular' Currents in The Towneley Play of Noah," Drama
Survey 3 (1964), 393-401.
"Early Pictorial Analogues of Medieval Theatre-in-the-Round," Research
Opportunities in Renaissance Drama 12 (1969), 93-106.
"Principles of Processional Staging: York Cycle," Modern Philology 67
"On Recovering the Lost Norwich Corpus Christi Cycle," Comparative
Drama 4 (1970/71), 241-52.
"Six-wheeled Carts: An Underview," Technology and Culture 13 (1972),
"The Wakefield Corpus Christi Play: Pageant Procession and Dramatic
Cycle," Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama 13- 14 (1970/71),
"'Of the seuen ages': An Unknown Analogue of The Castle of
Perseverance," Studies in Medieval Drama: a special issue,
Comparative Drama 8 (1974), 125-38.
"A Pilgrimage to Toledo: Corpus Christi Day 1974," Research
Opportunities in Renaissance Drama 17 (1974), 123-29.
"Life Records of Henry Medwall, M.A., Notary Public and Playwright,
and John Medwall, Legal Administrator and Summoner," Leeds Studies in
English, 11 (1979), 111-55.
"Easter Week Pageants in Valladolid and Medina del Campo," Medieval
English Theatre 1 (1979), 62-70.
"Mechanical Wheels of Fortune, 1100-1547," Journal of the Warburg and
Courtauld Institutes 58 (1980), 227-33.
"A Salting at St. John's, 1620," The Eagle, 69 [no. 104] (Easter
"Computer Texts for REED," Records of Early English Drama Newsletter,
8 (1983), 11-19.
"'King I sit': Problems in Medieval titulus Verse," Mediaevalia, 8
(1985 for 1982), 189-210.
"Castle of Perseverance" in Dictionary of the Middle Ages, 3, pp.
142-3 (New York, 1987).
"Medwall, Henry," in Dictionary of the Middle Ages, 8, pp. 262-3 (New
"Morality Play," in Dictionary of the Middle Ages, 8, p. 484 (New
"Early Drama in the English Universities," in Contexts for Early
English Drama, ed. Marianne Briscoe and John Coldewey, pp. 138-50
(Indiana University Press, 1989).
"Cambridge University Drama in the 1580s," in T. E. McGee and Lynne
Magnusson (eds), Elizabethan Theatre XI (1990), 19-31.
"Women in the Audiences of Cambridge Plays," Shakespeare Quarterly, 41
"Hall Screens and Elizabethan Playhouses: Counter-Evidence from
Cambridge," in The Development of Shakespeare's Theater, ed. John
Astington, pp. 57-76 (New York: AMS Press, 1992).
(with Iain Wright): "A Cambridge Playhouse of 1638?:
Reconsiderations," Renaissance Drama, n.s. 22 (1991), 175-89. NB:
Nelson is principal author (70%); Iain Wright co-author (30%).
"Early Staging in Cambridge," pp. 59-67, in John D. Cox and David
Scott Kastan (eds.), A New History of Early English Drama (New York:
Columbia UP, 1997).
(with Sally-Beth MacLean): "New Light on Henry Medwall," Leeds Studies
in English, n.s. 28 (Winter 1997), 77-98. NB: MacLean is principal
author (60%); Nelson is co-author (40%).
"George Buc, William Shakespeare, and the Folger George a Greene,"
Shakespeare Quarterly, 48 (Spring 1998), 74-83.
"Stratford Si! Essex No! (An Open-and-Shut Case),"
Tennessee Law Review, 72:1 (Fall 2004), 149-69.
"Shakespeare and the Bibliophiles: from the earliest years to 1616,"
pp. 49-73, in
Robin Myers, Michael Harris, and Giles Mandelbrote (eds.),
Owners, Annotators and the Signs of Reading
(London: British Library, 2005).
"Calling All (Shakespeare) Biographers! or, A Plea for Documentary
Discipline," in Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson, ed. Ronnie Mulryne
(Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2006), pp. 55-67.
"Give Fire, Gunner!": Inner Temple High-Jinx, Christmas 1627-8,'
The Inner Temple Yearbook 2006/7, 46-8.
'Merriment' (part of 'Food, Drink, and Merriment'), pp 126-8, in
A Portrait of Lincoln's Inn,
ed Angela Holdsworth (London: Third Millenium, 2007).
"The Universities and the Inns of Court," pp. 280-91, in
Oxford Handbook of Theatre History, ed. Richard Dutton (Oxford UP, 2009).
"Emulating Royalty: Cambridge, Oxford, and the Inns of Court," pp. 67-76, in
Shakespeare Studies, 37 (2009), 67-76.
and Paul H. Altrocchi, "William Shakespeare, 'Our Roscius,'" Shakespeare Quarterly, 60 (2009), 460-9.
and Jessica Winston, "Drama of the Inns of Court," vol. 2, pp 94-104,
in A New Companion to English Denaissance Literature and Culture,
ed. Michael Hattaway (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).
"Hard Choices: A REED Editor Battles House Style,"
Medieval and Renaisssance Drama in England, 24 (2011), 17-24.
"New Light on Drama, Music, and Dancing at the Inns of Court to 1642," pp 302-14, in
The Intellectual and Cultural World of the Early Modern Inns of Court,
ed. Jayne Elizabeth Archer, Elizabeth Goldring, and Sarah Knight (Manchester University Press, 2011).
"Manuscripts from the 1682 Sale of Richard Smith's Library," pp. 300-16, in
In the Prayse of Writing, Early Modern Manuscript Studies: Essays in Honour of Peter Beal,
ed. S. P. Cerasano and Steven W. May (London: The British Library, 2012)
"Who Didn't Write Leicester's Commonwealth? (Who Did?)," pp. 11-18, in
English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700, 18 (London: The British Library, 2013)
David Mateer and Alan H. Nelson, "'When sorrows come': John Webster v. Thomas Dekker in the Court of King's Bench" Shakespeare Quarterly, 65 (2014), 199-208.
Review of Rosemary Woolf, English Mystery Plays, in Modern Philology
71 (1974), 409-13.
Review of Thomas Chaundler, Liber Apologeticus, ed. Doris
Enright-Clark Shoukri, in Medium Aevum 44 (1975), 327-29.
Review of Glynne Wickham, The Medieval Theatre, in Medium Aevum 45
Review of Robert Potter, The English Morality Play, in Medium Aevum 45
Review of Elie Konigson, L'Espace theatral medieval, in Speculum 53
Review of A. M. Nagler, The Medieval Religious Stage, in Educational
Theatre Journal 29 (1977), 574-75.
"Tools of the Trade: Early English Drama," a review of Records of
Early English Drama, vols. 1-2 (York), in University Publishing 9
Review of Records of Early English Drama: Chester (1979) in Modern
Language Review, 78 (1983), 331-3.
Review of Malone Society Collections XI: Records of Plays and Players
in Norfolk and Suffolk, ed. David Galloway and John Wasson, 1980, in
Comparative Drama, 17 (1983), 82-4.
Review of The York Plays, ed. Richard Beadle (1982); The Chester
Mystery Cycle: Essays and Documents, ed. R. M. Lumiansky and David
Mills (1983); Peter W. Travis, Dramatic Design in the Chester Cycle
(1982); and A Middle English Treatise on the Playing of Miracles, ed.
Clifford Davidson (1981); in Modern Language Review, 79 (1984),
Review of Martin Stevens, Four English Cycle Plays: Texts, Contexts,
and Criticism, in English Language Notes (1990), 115-16.
Review of E. A. J. Honigmann and Susan Brock (eds.), Playhouse Wills
1558-1642: An Edition of Wills by Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
in the London Theatre (Manchester and New York: Manchester UP, 1993),
in Shakespeare Studies, 15, ed. Leeds Barroll (1997), pp. 280-85.
Review of Joseph Sobran, Alias Shakespeare: Solving the Greatest
Literary Mystery of All Time (Free Press, 1997), in Shakespeare
Quarterly (1999), 376-84.
Review of The Queen's Men and their Plays (Cambridge UP, 1998), in
Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England (forthcoming)
Review of Brenda James, with William D. Rubenstein,
The Truth Will Out: Unmasking the Real Shakespeare
(Harlow: Pearson Longman), in
Times Literary Supplement, 25 November 2005, p. 28.
Review of Mark Anderson, "Shakespeare" By Another Name: The Life of Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, the Man Who Was Shakespeare, in Times Literary Supplement, 27 January 2006, p. 30.
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