William Ingram

    Professor Emeritus
    Department of English
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor MI 48109-1003  


    E-mail: ingram@umich.edu

              B.A. with honors, Grinnell College;
              M.A. with honors, Columbia University;
              Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.
  • Primary Interests: early modern London; its economics and history; its high and popular culture; its professional entertainers.
  • Secondary Interests: early English manuscripts; chancery and secretary hands; transcription.
Selected Publications:
⇨ Website:
  • Documents of The Parish of St Saviour, Southwark, in collaboration with Prof Alan  H Nelson of UC Berkeley, a website incorporating all available documents of the parish, almost all of them previously untranscribed and unedited, including the parish's sacramental token books, now searchable.
⇨ Books:
  • England, 1530-1642, volume 7 in the series The Theatre in Europe: Documents and Sources, in collaboration with Glynne Wickham and Herbert Berry (Cambridge University Press, 2001);
  • The Business of Playing: the beginnings of the adult professional theatre in Elizabethan London (Cornell University Press, 1992);
  • A London Life in the Brazen Age: Francis Langley, 1548-1602 (Harvard University Press, 1978);
  • A Concordance to John Milton's English Poetry (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1972).
⇨ Key Essays in Books:
  • "Lost Plays and Other Lost Things: Ways of Being Lost", and "George Hasell: who what where when why", two essays, both in the volume Loss and the Literary Culture of Shakespeare's Time (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)
  • "The Transgressive Stage Player", an essay in the volume Staged Transgression in Shakespeare’s England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
  • "Early Modern Theatre History: where we are now, how we got here, where we go next", introductory essay to A Handbook on Early Modern Theatre, ed. Richard Dutton (Oxford University Press, 2009);
  • "The Real Misfortunes of Arthur; Or, Not Making It on the Elizabethan Stage", Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 16 (2003);
  • "Laurence Dutton, Stage Player: Missing and Presumed Lost", Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 14 (2001);
  • "The Economics of Playing", in A Companion to Shakespeare, ed. David Scott Kastan (Columbia University Press, 1998);
⇨ Key Essays in Journals:
  • "John Cholmley on the Bankside", Early Theatre 15:2 (2012)  (This essay was awarded Honourable Mention for the Best Article on a Theatre History Topic; see Early Theatre 16:2 (2013), 10.)
  • "The Future of the Theatrical Past", Shakespeare Quarterly 48 (1997) 215-225;

Last modified: 1 June 2020