Greg, W.W. (Walter Wilson), 1875-1959

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Walter Wilson Greg, bibliographer and literary scholar, was born in Wimbledon Common, England, on July 9, 1875. He was the only child of the idustrialist and author William Rathbone Greg and Julia Wilson Greg, daughter of James Wilson, the founder of The Economist . Greg's family hoped that he would assume the editorship of the newspaper someday, and he was educated at Harrow School and at Trinity College, Cambridge, from which he received a "pass" degree in 1897.

During his time at Trinity, Greg became fascinated by bibliography and textual editing, studying with R. B. McKerrow, and in 1898 he joined the Bibliographical Society and began a lifelong friendship with its secretary, A. W. Pollard. He served as Librarian of Trinity College from 1907 until 1913, when he resigned upon marrying his cousin Elizabeth Gaskell. Greg never held an official academic appointment again, but his family fortune enabled him to pursue his productive scholarly career for several decades.

Greg founded the Malone Society, serving first as its Secretary, and then as its President; the society during his tenure published more than one hundred editions and facsimile editions of English plays and dramatic documents written prior to 1640. He is best known for his A Bibliography of the English Printed Drama to the Restoration (4 volumes, 1939-1959); his other publications include English Literary Autographs, 1550–1650 (1925–32), Dramatic Documents from the Elizabethan Playhouses (1931), the parallel-text edition Marlowe's ‘Doctor Faustus’, 1604–1616 (1950), and the influential The Editorial Problem in Shakespeare (revised 3rd edition, 1954).

Greg received many literary and academic honors, including a D.Litt. from Oxford and foreign membership in the American Philosophical Society. In 1950 he was knighted "for services to the study of English literature." He died at home in River, Sussex, in 1959, survived by his wife and their three children.

From the guide to the Walter Wilson Greg papers, 1559-1959, 1905-1959, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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creatorOf Greg, W. W. (Walter Wilson), 1875-1959. Papers of W. W. Greg [manuscript], 1929 November 21 and December 29. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Howard, Edward, fl. 1669. The change of crownes a tragy-comedy [manuscript], 1667. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Walter Wilson Greg papers, 1559-1959, 1905-1959 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Greg, W. W. (Walter Wilson), 1875-1959. Letter, 1947 Aug. 26, Peterworth [England] to [Leo] Kirschbaum [Detroit?]. University of Michigan
creatorOf Crawford, Charles. Concordance to the play Sir Thomas More [manuscript], 1922-1930. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Greg, W. W. (Walter Wilson), 1875-1959. Letter, 1948 Jul. 25, Peterworth [England] to [Leo] Kirschbaum [Detroit?]. University of Michigan
creatorOf Brotanek, Rudolf, 1870-1944,. Autograph letter signed from Rudolf Brotanek to Walter Wilson Greg [manuscript], 1913 December 19. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Greg, W. W. (Walter Wilson), 1875-1959,. Autograph and typed letters signed to Sir Walter Wilson Greg from various correspondents [manuscript], 1936-1953. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Kirschbaum, Leo, 1907-1962. Correspondence, 1942-1957. University of Michigan
referencedIn Frank Percy Wilson Papers, 1912-1961 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Osborn, James Marshall. James Marshall Osborn correspondence, 1928-1977. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Percy Simpson papers, 1870-1953 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Wilson, F. P. (Frank Percy), 1889-1963. Papers of F.P. Wilson [manuscript], 1928-1962. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Greg, W. W. (Walter Wilson), 1875-1959. ALS, 1940 Oct. 28, Petworth, Sussex, to James G. McManaway. George Washington University
creatorOf Henslowe, Philip, d. 1616. Autograph copy in the hand of W.W. Greg of pawn accounts of Philip Henslowe, 1592-1596 [manuscript], 1904. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Greg, W. W. (Walter Wilson), 1875-1959. Letter, 1936 Dec. 15, Wimbledon Common [Eng.] to [G.B.] Harrison [n.p.]. University of Michigan
referencedIn Henrietta C. Bartlett papers, 1471-1961 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Greg, W. W. (Walter Wilson), 1875-1959,. Publius Cornelius Scipio sui victor : a play, ca. 1630. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Tannenbaum, Samuel Aaron, 1874?-1948. Samuel Aaron Tannenbaum papers, 1857-1943. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf Fredericus, de Venetiis, fl. 1348-1391. [Literalis expositio super Apocalypsim]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, E-K. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Greg, W. W. (Walter Wilson), 1875-1959. Letter, 1944 Oct. 5, Petworth [Eng.] to The Librarian, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. University of Michigan
referencedIn Simpson, Percy, 1865-1962. Percy Simpson papers 1870-1953. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Hodgson, Sidney. Sidney Hodgson collection regarding Shakespeare folios and quartos [manuscript], ca. 1930-1964. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Papers of Sir Edmund Kerchever Chambers, 1882-1950 Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
referencedIn James Marshall Osborn correspondence, 1928-1977 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Correspondence, etc. of Sir Walter Wilson Greg. England, 1899-1931?, February 1899 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Department of Special Collections
creatorOf Overbury, Thomas, Sir, 1581-1613. Observations upon the state of the 17 provinces and of France [manuscript], ca. 1630? Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Papers of Sir Walter Greg, [ca. 1940]-1955 Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
creatorOf Harrison, G. B. (George Bagshawe), 1894-1991. Correspondence, with writers and scholars, 1913-1939. University of Michigan
creatorOf Crawford, Charles. Notes and papers on Two Italian Gentlement, 1910. University of Michigan
creatorOf Greg, W. W. (Walter Wilson), 1875-1959,. Autograph letters signed from W.W. Greg, London and Sussex, to various people [manuscript], 1907-1945. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Greg, W. W. (Walter Wilson), 1875-1959,. Autograph letter signed from W.W. Greg, Sussex, to Joseph Quincy Adams [manuscript], 1940 March 14. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf McManaway, James Gilmer, 1899-1980,. Annotations by James McManaway on proof sheets of W.W. Greg's A bibliography of the English printed drama [manuscript], 1938. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Smedley, William Thomas, 1851-. Letter to Isaac Hull Platt, 1910. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Mubashshir ibn Fātik, Abū al-Wafāʼ, 11th cent. [Dictes and sayings of the philosophers]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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correspondedWith Adams, Joseph Quincy, 1881-1946 person
associatedWith Bartlett, Henrietta C. (Henrietta Collins), 1873-1963 person
associatedWith Bibliographical Society (Great Britain) corporateBody
correspondedWith Brotanek, Rudolf, 1870-1944, person
correspondedWith Chambers, E. K. (Edmund Kerchever), 1866-1954 person
associatedWith Collier, John Payne, 1789-1883 person
correspondedWith Crawford, Charles. person
associatedWith Davin, Dan, 1913-1990 person
correspondedWith Dawson, Giles E. (Giles Edwin), 1903- person
associatedWith Fane, Francis, Sir, d. 1689? person
associatedWith Ferguson, F. S. (Frederick Sutherland), 1878-1967 person
correspondedWith Fleay, Frederick Gard, 1831-1909 person
associatedWith Folger Shakespeare Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Fredericus, de Venetiis, fl. 1348-1391. person
correspondedWith Gosse, Edmund, 1849-1928 person
associatedWith Harrison, G. B. (George Bagshawe), 1894-1991. person
associatedWith Henslowe, Philip, d. 1616 person
correspondedWith Hodgson, Sidney. person
associatedWith Houghton Library. corporateBody
correspondedWith Howard, Edward, fl. 1669. person
associatedWith Kirschbaum, Leo, 1907-1962. person
associatedWith Malone Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Massinger, Philip, 1583-1640. person
associatedWith McManaway, James Gilmer, 1899-1980. person
associatedWith Mubashshir ibn Fātik, Abū al-Wafāʼ, 11th cent. person
associatedWith Nash, Ray, 1913- person
associatedWith Osborn, James Marshall. person
associatedWith Overbury, Thomas, Sir, 1581-1613. person
associatedWith Oxinden, Henry, 1609-1670. person
associatedWith Pollard, Alfred W. (Alfred William), 1859-1944 person
correspondedWith Pollard, Graham person
associatedWith Rice, Warner Grenelle, 1899- person
associatedWith Scholderer, Walter. person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 person
associatedWith Simpson, Evelyn Mary Spearing, 1885-1963 person
associatedWith Simpson, Percy, 1865-1962. person
associatedWith Sisam, Kenneth. person
associatedWith Smedley, William Thomas, 1851- person
associatedWith Suckling, John, Sir, 1609-1642 person
associatedWith Tannenbaum, Samuel Aaron, 1874?-1948 person
associatedWith Walker, Emery, Sir, 1851-1933 person
correspondedWith Wilson, F. P. (Frank Percy), 1889-1963. person
correspondedWith Wise, Thomas James, 1859-1937 person
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English drama--Early modern andElizabethan, 1500-1600--Criticism, Textual
English drama--Bibliography
Scholars--Great Britain
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, British
English drama--Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600
Britain, Battle of, Great Britain, 1940
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Birth 1875-07-09

Death 1959-03-04

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