Vol. 5 (2016): The Many Lives of William Shakespeare: Biography, Authorship and Collaboration
Part Two - Case Studies

Authors of the Mind

Marcus Dahl
Laboratorio editoriale OA / Dip. LILSI

Published 2016-03-09


  • Authorship,
  • Early-Modern,
  • Editing,
  • Text

How to Cite

Dahl, M. (2016). Authors of the Mind. Journal of Early Modern Studies, 5, 157–173. https://doi.org/10.13128/JEMS-2279-7149-18087


The article is a brief examination of certain issues affecting the allocation of authorship in early modern plays. Such things as spelling variation, transmission and editorial intervention by hands other than the named ‘author’ could potentially alter the text in ways which are undetectable, thus leaving authorship studies with a number of unresolvable issues as regards its relationship to objective verification.