Thursday, February 19, 2009


Alan B. Farmer and Zachary Lesser write -- via The Shakespeare Conference -- of DEEP: a new web resource for studying the printing, publishing, and marketing of early modern English drama, including Shakespeare. DEEP: Database of Early English Playbooks is an easy-to-use and highly customizable search engine of every playbook produced in England from the beginning of printing through 1660. DEEP provides a wealth of information about the original playbooks, their title-pages, paratextual matter, bibliographic details, and theatrical backgrounds. Because it makes this information available in an analytic database, DEEP allows you to study these playbooks easily and quickly in ways that are either impossible or highly time-consuming using earlier printed references or ESTC and EEBO.

A full Help section is available on the site. DEEP is free to all users.

DEEP is available at


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