Alice Walker

(1900—1982) literary scholar

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Walker’s chief contribution to scholarship was her pioneering attention to the influence of compositors on textual transmission. With Bowers and Hinman, she made compositorial analysis a distinctive editorial tool of the second half of the 20th century. Work for McKerrow’s Oxford old-spelling Shakespeare led to several articles (1950–83), an account of Textual Problems of the First Folio (1953), and editions of Othello and Troilus and Cressida (1957).

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