Alan Howe was formerly Reader in French at the University of Liverpool, where he is currently Honorary Professor. He is a leading historian of French 17th-century theatre and is the author of two works published by the Archives Nationales, based on notarial documents from the Parisian legal archive, the Minutier central des notaires de Paris: Le Théâtre professionnel à Paris (1600-1649) (2000) and Écrivains de théâtre (1600-1649) (2005), which are concerned respectively with the actors and theatre proprietors and with the dramatists of the first half of the 17th century. He has also published critical editions of tragedies by Alexandre Hardy (Mariamne, 1989; Didon se sacrifiant, 1994) and by Jean Galaut (Phalante, 1995). The latter was awarded the Prix Fabien Artigue by the Académie des Jeux Floraux in 1996. His numerous articles include two on Pierre Corneille in the Revue d’histoire littéraire de la France. In recognition of his services to scholarship, he was made an Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 2006. He is currently working on an unpublished legal document relating to a 16th-century comic actor and on a critical edition of an early 17th-century French tragedy.