The Renaissance English Text Society is an informal association of scholars who wish to recover and preserve in carefully edited, unmodernized texts significant writings in English (prose or poetry, original works or translations) from the period 1475–1660. In its publication programs special consideration is given to works that have never been republished or, in the case of manuscripts, never published. The Society is thus the counterpart of the British Malone Society, which publishes dramas and related documents.
The Renaissance English Text Society welcomes new individual memberships at any time. Dues of $50 US ($35 for graduate students) are payable at the beginning of each calendar year. Each member is mailed the annually published text as a clothbound volume in the last quarter of the year. A list of current and previous publications is available in our publications catalog or on the RETS web page. In addition, the Society sponsors occasional papers, lectures, or forums; copies of these are distributed to the active membership. At least one such event occurs each year in conjunction with the national meetings of the Modern Language Association, the Renaissance Society of America, the Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo, and the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference.
An Executive Council made up of members meets annually at the Renaissance Society of America to review proposed texts and conduct other business. The Council welcomes submissions of proposed editions or proposed titles for editing. All proposals should be submitted by February 1st. A scholar need not be a member to submit a proposed text or a proposal for a text, although membership is encouraged.
Prospective members should write their Council representative if overseas; dues and memberships for the United States are enrolled by the Society’s Membership Secretary. Orders for previous titles are handled by the Treasurer. Inquiries and proposals for texts should be directed to the Society’s President.
Proposals & Other Inquiries
Steven W. May (Interim President)
100 Windfield Circle
Tucker, GA 30084
Memberships & Dues
William Gentrup (Membership Secretary)
Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287–4402
(480) 965–5900; fax: (480) 965–1681
Cheques must be payable to “RETS” in U.S. dollars drawn from a U.S. bank or by international money order. Credit card payment is also available (MC, Visa, Amex, Discover).
• President: Arthur F. Kinney
Interim President: Steven W. May
• Vice-President: A. R. Braunmuller, University of California, Los Angeles
• Interim Secretary: Jaime Goodrich, Wayne State University
• Treasurer and Publisher: Robert E. Bjork, Arizona State University
• Membership Secretary: William Gentrup, Arizona State University
• Past President: W. Speed Hill, City University of New York
Past Publisher: Mario Di Cesare, Ashville, N.C.
• Thomas L. Berger, Malone Society
• Mary L. Robertson, Huntington Library
• Heather Wolfe, Folger Shakespeare Library
International Advisory Council
• Peter Beal, Sotheby’s, London
• Sergio Rossi, University of Milan
• Helen Wilcox, Bangor University, Wales
• Michael Denbo, Bronx Community College
• Richard Dutton, Ohio State University
• Margaret Ezell, Texas A&M University
• Roy Flannagan, South Carolina
• Jaime Goodrich, Wayne State University
• Elizabeth Hageman, University of New Hampshire
• Margaret Hannay, Siena College
• Ian Lancashire, University of Toronto
• Leah Marcus, Vanderbilt University
• Arthur F. Marotti, Wayne State University
• Steven May, Georgetown College
• G. W. Pigman, III, California Institute of Technology
• Anne Prescott, Barnard College
• Ray Siemens, University of Victoria
• Nigel S. Smith, Princeton University
• George Walton Williams, Duke University