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THE LIFE AND WORK OF FREDSON BOWERS. G. Thomas Tanselle.
(Bowers, Fredson).

THE LIFE AND WORK OF FREDSON BOWERS.

Checklist and Chronology by Martin C. Battestin. Foreword by David L. Vander Meulen.
Charlottesville, VA: Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 2003. 6.25 x 9.5 inches. cloth. viii, 210 pages. Checklist and Chronology by Martin C. Battestin. Foreword by David L. Vander Meulen. First edition, second printing. Widely acclaimed account of the remarkable career of Fredson Bowers, whose life (1905-1991) spanned the twentieth century and who came to symbolize the fields of analytical and descriptive bibliography, textual criticism, and scholarly editing. READ MORE

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Foreword. David L. Vander Meulen.............................................vii

The Life and Work of Fredson Bowers............................................1

     I. Ancestry, and early life in New Haven, 2-4. College years at Brown,
        4-11. Graduate-school years at Harvard, 11-15. Irish wolfhounds,
        15-23. Princeton years, 23-25. Pre-war years in Charlottesville,
        25-31. Marriage to Nancy Hale, and military service, 31-34.

    II. Studies in Bibliography, 34-39. Principles of Bibliographical
        Description, 40-48. Editions of Dekker and Whitman, 48-53. Rosenbach
        Lectures, 53-57. Sandars Lectures, 57-60. Lyell Lectures, 60-64.
        Other lectures and essays of the 1950s, 64-66.

   III. The Bowerses' life together, 66-69. Teacher, departmental chairman,
        and dean, 69-75. Teaching in Chicago, 75-77. Summers at Folly Cove,
        77-79. Music critic, 79--84. Stamp collector, 84-87.

    IV. The Hawthorne edition, 87-91. Editions of Shakespeare, Beaumont and
        Fletcher, Dryden, Fielding, Dewey, and Crane, 91-97. Editions of
        Marlowe, James, and Nabokov, 91-101. Reception of Bowers's editions,
        102-110. Post-1960 essays, reviews, lectures, and professional
        activities, 110-115. Retirement years, 115-125.

     V. Assessment in general, 125-126. Influence as publicist, 126-130.
        Influence as editor of Studies, 130-134. Achievement in descriptive
        bibliography, 134-137. Achievement in analytical bibliography,
        137-139. Achievement in scholarly editing, 139-144. Bowers's place
        in scholarship, 144-150.

        Note on Sources, 151-154.

Fredson Thayer Bowers: A Checklist and Chronology.
    Martin C. Battestin......................................................155
        Checklist, 155-184. Chronology, 185-186.

Index........................................................................187