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Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Eng 1660
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Furnivall, Mrs., transcriber.
Title: Mrs. Furnivall transcript copies of old plays,
Quantity: 1 collection (5 volumes in 2 boxes (.5 linear feet)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Manuscript transcript copies of pre-Shakespearian plays made by Mrs. Furnivall, the wife of Frederick James Furnivall.
Frederick James Furnivall (1825-1910) was an English textual scholar and editor. He married Eleanor Nickel Dalziel (1838?-1937) in 1862, but in 1883 they were legally separated. He never married again, but continued to pursue his open relationship with Mary Lilian ("Teena") Rochfort Smith (1861-1883), a young woman active in several of his literary societies and a transcriber of manuscript works. When she died in 1883 he "managed to surround himself with attractive young women the rest of his life."These volumes of transcriptions have only been attributed to a "Mrs. Furnivall," but in the foreward to John Matthews Manly's volume Specimens of the pre-Shaksperean drama..., he states that the manuscript transcriptions were made by Mrs. Furnivall, and he names her as Agnes Furnivall. We have been unable to determine who Agnes Furnivall was. As of this date (October 2010) this repository does not know who is responsible for these transcriptions, but we lean toward Teena Smith and await help from readers for confirmation.Source: William S. Peterson, "Furnivall, Frederick James (1825-1910), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004 online edition.
See also: John Matthews Manly. Specimens of the pre-Shaksperean drama, with an introd., notes, and a glossary. Boston: Ginn, 1897. Frederick James Furnivall. Teena Rochfort-Smith : a memoir, with three .... England: 1883.
- John Matthews Manly. Specimens of the pre-Shaksperean drama, with an introd., notes, and a glossary. Boston: Ginn, 1897.
- Frederick James Furnivall. Teena Rochfort-Smith : a memoir, with three .... England: 1883.
Arranged in volume order.
Manuscript transcriptions, attributed to Mrs. Furnivall, of various pre-Shakespearian texts of plays. Many texts annotated by John Matthews Manly in preparation for the publication of his 1897 work, Specimens of the pre-Shaksperean drama, with an introd., notes, and a glossary. Each volume includes introductory annotations by Harvard professor, George Lyman Kittredge. Each volume also has a bookplate with text: Child Memorial Library. To Harvard University in memory of Francis James Child first professor of English, and another plate with text: The gift of Prof. John Matthews Manly, University of Chicago. 16 Nov., 1899.Includes transcript texts for: Macro moralities: Mankind, The salutation and conception, Nice Wanton, Hyckescorner, King Cambises, Gammer Gurtons Needle, Foure PP, and James IV.
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