Nebraska Authors

Charles William Wallace

Born 1865-02-06 Hopkins, MO (United States of America)

Died 1932-08-07

Wallace joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska in 1901 and became Professor of English Dramatic Literature in 1912. A prodigious researcher, in his time he became a very famous Shakespeare scholar, with his discoveries of new Shakespeare documents reported in the European newspapers and the New York Times. In the summers 1904-1909 and then year-round on leave in London from 1909-1916, he and his wife, Hulda Berggren of Wahoo, Nebraska, sifted through over five million Elizabethan legal and administrative documents, finding early court cases involving Shakespeare and discovering new sources on Shakespeare and the theater, including evidence of Shakespeare's financial interest in the Globe Theater. He was also famed for his work on Elizabethan child actors.

His contemporaries in the University of Nebraska English Department included Louise Pound, Prosser Hall Frye, and Lucius Adelno Sherman.

J W Robinson, “Shakespeare and Nebraska: Charles William Wallace, 1865-1932, and the ‘Great Index of the World,’” Nebraska History 60 (1979): 1-20. Accessed on-line via the Nebraska State Historical Society.


Places Lived

Lincoln, NE

Author Of

  • Nonfiction


Literary Scholarship; Shakespeare


Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, 1885, Western Normal College, Shenandoah, IA
Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1898, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska, the University of Chicago, and the Universities of Heidelberg and Freiburg in GERMANY.


Shakespeare Scholar

Places Worked

University of Nebraska


Spider-webs in Verse : A Collection of Lyrics for Leisure Moments Spun at Idle Hours. 1892.
The Children of the Chapel at Blackfriars, 1597-1603. 1908.
The Evolution of the English Drama up to Shakespeare. 1912.

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