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William Caxton

Publisher (1422 — 1491)


William Blades. The Life and Typography of William Caxton, England's First Printer: With Evidence of his Typographical Connection with Colard Manison, the Printer at Bruges: Compiled from Original Sources. Joseph Lilly. 1861. (2 vols.) 298pp. + 310pp.

Curt F. Buhler. William Caxton and His Critics: A Critical Reappraisal of Caxton's Contributions to the Enrichment of the English Language. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. 1960. 30pp.

Susan Cunnington. The Story of William Caxton. George Harrap & Co.. 1917. 191pp.

Richard Deacon. A Biography of William Caxton: The First English Editor, Printer, Merchant, and Translator. London: Muller. 1976. 198pp.

Charles Knight. William Caxton, the First English Printer: A Biography. London: Charles Knight and Company. 1844. 240pp.

George D. Painter. William Caxton: A Quincentenary Biography of England's First Printer. London: Chatto & Windus. 1976. 227pp.

Frieda Elaine Penninger. William Caxton. Twayne. 1979. 175pp.

George Parker Winship. William Caxton and His Work. London: Doves Press. 1909. Reprinted by Book Arts Club of California, Berkeley, 1937.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Wikipedia [link]

  4. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  5. Encyclopaedia Britannica 11th Edition

  6. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.279)

  7. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.274)

  8. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature (p.76)

  9. British Authors Before 1800 (p.90)

  10. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.180)

  11. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.97)

  12. Who's Who in Europe, 1450-1750 (p.59)

  13. The Penguin Companion to English Literature (p.93)

  14. Legends in Their Own Time (p.45)

  15. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.357)

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