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

‘by curious Art compild’: <em>The Passionate Pilgrime</em> and the Authorial Brand

Donatella Pallotti
Laboratorio editoriale OA / Dip. LILSI

Published 2016-03-09


  • Authorship,
  • Jaggard,
  • Paratext,
  • Shakespeare’s poetry

How to Cite

Pallotti, D. (2016). ‘by curious Art compild’: <em>The Passionate Pilgrime</em> and the Authorial Brand. Journal of Early Modern Studies, 5, 383–407. https://doi.org/10.13128/JEMS-2279-7149-18097


The aim of this article is to cast some light on the ways in which Shakespeare’s reputation as a poet and author was made between the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth centuries. The article focuses on The Passionate Pilgrime, a puzzling collection of poems by diverse hands, published under Shakespeare’s name, probably in 1599, and in a ‘corrected and augmented’ edition, the third, in 1612. Though it raised issues of piracy and fraud, which recent criticism has much deflated, the collection is nonetheless a very interesting artefact from the point of view of the (collaborative) construction of authorship. Attention to the ways in which The Passionate Pilgrime was constructed, and made available during the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, how its physical layouts, arrangements and paratextual materials encouraged particular readings will help us understand how Shakespeare was authored and what kind of poet he was thought to be by his contemporaries.