chapter  7
Going Professional: William Aldis Wright on Shakespeare and the English Bible: Paul Werstine
ByPAUL WERSTINE
Pages 14

In 1884 the Shakespearean and Biblical scholar William Aldis Wright published The Bible Word-Book: A Glossary of Archaic Words and Phrases in the Authorised Version of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.2 The pages of this glossary represent the entanglement of not only the text of the English Bible with the English literary canon, but also the various strands of knowledge and collaboration that ran through the professional life of a late Victorian philologist, bibliographer, editor. Most striking in The Bible Word-Book and elsewhere in Wright’s work is the contrast between his generally rigorous devotion to history in his philology and his relaxation of that rigor in bringing into philological conjunction the King James Version of the Bible and the Shakespeare canon, neither of which in history could have exercised any infl uence on each other.