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Supplement to the Index of Middle English Verse

Supplement to the Index of Middle English Verse: Carleton Brown and Rossell Hope Robbins

Copyright Date: 1966
Pages: 584
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    Supplement to the Index of Middle English Verse
    Book Description:

    Rossell Hope Robbins collaborated with Carleton Brown in the publishing of theIndex of Middle English Versein 1943. With John L. Cutler, associate professor of English in the University of Kentucky, he has now compiled a supplement to theIndexincorporating those texts published since 1943. At the same time, the two have completely revised the Index by including in the Supplement texts previously neglected. The number of entries has been increased to 6,000, and more than half of the 4,500 original entries have been revised.

    In addition to this basic revision, the appendices of theIndexhave been corrected and enlarged, especially the listing and locating of privately held manuscripts. Cross references have been inserted abundantly to facilitate easy use of the combined works. Additionally, reference has been made to related specialized studies.

    The large number of new entries is attributable not only to prolonged manuscript research but also to a broadening of the original criteria for the inclusion of poems. Rather than cutting off entries at 1500, which the authors felt impaired the usefulness of the originalIndex, Robbins and Cutler included genres that had not concluded but continued into the sixteenth century, as well as poems with uncertain dates they felt would be important for scholars. TheSupplementovercomes these barriers by including the so-called Scottish Chaucerians, the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century manuscripts such as the "Tudor songbooks," verse items of only two lines, and tombstone and church bras epitaphs.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-6431-1
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
    (pp. v-viii)
    R. H. R. and J. L. C.
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-x)
    (pp. xi-xxiv)
    R. H. R.

    ThisSupplementexpands some 2,300 of the 4,365 entries in the originalIndexand adds some 1,500 new entries.

    The basis of thisSupplementcontinues to be the MS—the working title of its predecessor had been “A Manuscript Index of Middle English Verse,” dropped only because it seemed cumbersome. Some reviewers pointed out certain inadequacies in this approach, such as listing as primary sources MSS which were in fact derived from early prints¹ and, more especially, omitting entirely Middle English poems known only from incunabula.² In theSupplement,I have now listed these poems, including the 29 items in...

    (pp. xxv-xxviii)
  6. A NOTE: How to Use the Supplement
    (pp. xxix-xxx)
  7. INDEX OF FIRST LINES: Addenda and Corrigenda
    (pp. 1-501)
  8. APPENDIX A: Conversion Table of Acephalous Poems in the Brown-Robbins Index
    (pp. 502-502)
  9. APPENDIX B: Further Bodleian Summary Catalogue Numbers Used in the Supplement
    (pp. 503-504)
  10. APPENDIX C: Manuscripts in Private Possession: Present Locations
    (pp. 505-520)
  11. APPENDIX D: Preservation of Texts
    (pp. 521-524)
  12. APPENDIX E: Corrigenda for Subject and Tittle Index in the Brown-Robbins Index
    (pp. 525-525)
    (pp. 526-551)