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David Bevington 1931-2019

Posted by: CEWBJ Team 1 year, 3 months ago

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We record with great sadness the death on 2 August 2019 of our dear friend and colleague David Bevington, a fellow General Editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson and an inspiring force behind its creation. David was recruited in 1994, to our great delight, to join the then still-nascent Cambridge Jonsonian team, to which he brought astounding energy and experience. Perhaps the most seasoned Shakespearian scholar of his generation, David had already edited Shakespeare’s complete works in 29 volumes for Bantam Classics and in a single collected volume for Longmans, and written illuminatingly about aspects of the entire Shakespearian canon. But his sense of the English dramatic tradition hardly stopped there. His classic study, From Mankind to Marlowe (1962), had given early indication of his dramatic appetite and reach, which was later vividly demonstrated in the range and number of scholarly ventures in English drama, especially of the early modern period, with which he was constantly involved. The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson is one of the many enterprises to have been blessed by his learning, his dedication, and his enthusiasm. The entire editorial team and those who worked on the project at Cambridge University Press remember him with deep admiration and gratitude. To his widow, Peggy – always an engaged and supportive companion in his work -- and his family we offer our most sincere condolences.

Ian Donaldson and Martin Butler

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