George Steevens, an English editor, born at Stepney, May 10,1736, died at Hampstead, Jan. 22, 1800. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. His first publication, a reprint of "Twenty of the Plays of Shakespeare, being the whole. Number printed in Quarto during his Lifetime" (4 vols. 8vo, 1766), contained in foot notes a variety of readings from other quarto editions. The reputation which he thereby acquired led to his association with Johnson in the preparation of the edition of Shakespeare published in 1773 with their joint names. Their second edition appeared in 1778, and in 1780 Malone, who had assisted Johnson and Steevens, published a supplement containing the doubtful plays and the poems. Steevens, associated with Isaac Reed, in the next twelve years prepared two new editions (10 vols. 8vo, 1785, and 15 vols., 1793), in which, " instead of a timid and servile adherence to ancient copies," he undertook the " expulsion of useless and supernumerary syllables, and an occasional supply of such as might fortuitously have been omitted." The text of these editions remained the standard for nearly 50 years.