General Editors: Thomas C. Crochunis and Michael Eberle-Sinatra  
 


The BWP1800 site's approach to mounting plays has from its inception been purposefully eclectic. We believe that it is better to mount a play because a colleague finds it interesting (and worth working on) than to try to determine the most "important" plays and mount them. We try to keep the editorial process straightforward, the editions accurate, and our primary goal increased accessibility and usefulness rather than definitiveness; this approach takes advantage of electronic publishing's allowances for revisiting editions to redesign or enhance them if doing so can contribute something to emerging scholarship and teaching. We never forget that it is a powerful thing to make texts that are hard to get easy to get. By providing scholars with a small amount of logistical and technological support, we have found that many choose to share their work with colleagues rather than hoard their interesting discoveries. Our experience shows that at present publishing online helps to create print publishing opportunities for the plays of women dramatists rather than preempt them.

Over the next few years at the new website (to be unveiled in the fall of 2008), we plan to continue to mount plays that interest scholars and teachers in the field. We anticipate mounting several plays by Hannah Cowley, Elizabeth Inchbald, and Joanna Baillie, another of Mariana Starke's colonial dramas, and other yet-to-be-determined plays by women playwrights whose work may not yet be very well known. We encourage users of the site to let us know what plays you'd like to see mounted, especially (but not solely) in the form of proposals for new editions.

Previously published plays (in alphabetical order):

  1. Burney, Frances. Love and Fashion (1799). Edited and with an Introduction by Jessica Richard [15 April 2000] Now available in PDF format for easy printing
  2. Cowley, Hannah. The Runaway (1776). Edited by Elizabeth Fay, with an Introduction by Angela Escott [15 October 1999]
  3. Craven, Elizabeth. The Georgian Princess (1799). Edited and with an Introduction by John Franceschina [15 January 2001]
  4. Gore, Catherine. King O'Neil (1835). Edited and with an Introduction by John Franceschina [15 October 2000]Now available in PDF format for easy printing
  5. Inchbald, Elizabeth. The Massacre (1792). Edited by Thomas C. Crochunis and Michael Eberle-Sinatra, with an Introduction by Daniel J. O'Quinn [15 April 1999] Now available in PDF format for easy printing
  6. ———. Lovers' Vows (1798). Edited by Thomas C. Crochunis and Michael Eberle-Sinatra, with an Introduction by Jonathan Wordsworth [15 January 2000]
  7. ———. Such Things Are (1788). Edited by Gioia Angeletti and Thomas C. Crochunis [15 May 2003]
  8. ———. Wives as They Were, and Maids as They Are (1797). Edited by Gioia Angeletti and Thomas C. Crochunis [15 May 2003]
  9. ———. The Wedding Day (1794). Edited by Thomas C. Crochunis and Susan Hyon [15 June 2003]
  10. Lee, Harriet. The Mysterious Marriage (1798). Edited and with an Introduction by Barbara Darby [15 July 2000]
  11. Lee, Sophia. Almeyda; Queen of Granada (1796). Edited by Diego Saglia, and with an Introduction by Angela Wright [15 July 1999]
  12. Mitford, Mary Russell. Charles the First (1834). Edited by Thomas C. Crochunis, with Mitford's Preface [15 January 2001]
  13. Plumptre, Anne.The Natural Son (1798). Edited by Thomas C. Crochunis [15 July 2000]
  14. Polack, Elizabeth. Esther (1835). Edited and with an introduction by John Franceschina [15 October 2000] Now available in PDF format for easy printing
  15. Scott, Jane. Whackham and Windham; or, The Wrangling Lawyers (1814). Edited with an Introduction by Jacky Bratton, and with an Editorial Note by Michael Eberle-Sinatra [15 October 1998]
  16. Starke, Mariana. The Sword of Peace (1788). Edited by Thomas C. Crochunis and Michael Eberle-Sinatra, with an Introduction by Jeanne Moskal, and a Headnote by Jeffrey N. Cox [15 October 1999]
  17. Wallace, Lady Eglantine. The Ton. Edited with an introduction by Daniel J. O'Quinn. [15 June 2004]