Ongoing, idiosyncratic, obscure, and/or very recent arguments favoring one date or author over another are not necessarily reflected in these listings. The scholar is advised to update information found here with additional and in-depth research where questions of date or attribution are crucial to the scholar's investigation.
Plays in these listings (with some exceptions) follow the ascriptions of Author and Date provided in Harbage and Schoenbaum's Annals of English Drama 9751700. London: Methuen & Co. 1964.
Following please find a description of the nature of dating and ascription used in these listings.
The play title will be found in the list under the date assigned by Harbage and Schoenbaum. Clicking on that title will take the scholar to a page where the date is more fully elaborated.
The scholar is strongly cautioned not to rely upon the dates as found in the listings. The scholar should in all cases go to the individual page(s) to read more about the dates listed.
In many cases dates are conjectural even in the individual pages. As much as possible, the editors and contributors have attempted in the individual pages to reflect the current state of knowledge regarding dates.
Where evidence and knowledge of authorship has been advanced since 1964, and generally accepted, playwrights have been changed from the Harbage and Schoenbaum ascription. For example, THE REVENGER'S TRAGEDY may be found listed under Anonymous, Tourneur, and Middleton. Clicking on that title will reveal, however, that Tourneur is now generally discounted as the playwright.
In the PLAYWRIGHTS section, under each playwright's name, all titles belonging to that playwright are listed whether certain, conjectural, or a reflection of co-authorship.
[?THE BIRTH OF HERCULES 1604]
LOVE'S CURE, or THE MARTIAL MAID [collaboration] 1605
SATIROMASTIX, or THE UNTRUSSING OF THE HUMOROUS POET [collaboration?] 1601
CHABOT, ADMIRAL OF FRANCE [J. Shirley, 1635 reviser] 1622
CHABOT, ADMIRAL OF FRANCE [reviser] 1635
JOHN OF BORDEAUX, or THE SECOND PART OF FRIAR BACON [collaboration? reviser?] 1592
In every case the scholar is strongly advised to visit the individual page for any given play. If an elaboration on dating or authorship is available, that is where it will be found.