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Introduction to the Dover Edition 1
Author's Preface 9
1 In the Court of Public Opinion 13
Is It Important?
Allusion and Illusion
This Book and Its Sources
2 Shakespeare of Stratford, His Record and Remains 24
Literacy and the Shakespeares
The Stratford Grammar School
Shakespeare: The Heel, and His "Achilles' Heel"
The Survival of Manuscripts
3 On the Paper Trail of the Player and the Playwright 52
The Records of the Player
The Lord Chamberlain's Man
The King's Man
Early Notices of the Playwright
The "Missing" Manuscripts
Author's Rights and "True Originall Copies"
Believe as You List
Afterwords: "Shakespeare ye Player by Garter"
"A Bend between Two Cotizes"
4 The Publication of Shakespeare's Plays 83
The Worshipful Company of Stationers
The Acting Companies and Publication
Give Them No Quarto
The Publication History of the Chamberlain's Men's Plays
From Sir George Buck to the First Folio
Pembroke and the 1619 Quartos
Heminges and Condell versus the Noble Brethren
The Publication History of the King's Men
5 Questions about the Writing of the Plays 127
Shakespeare, the Sole Begetter?
The Unkindest Cuts
"Worth the Audience of Kings"
Afterwords: "Hence Broker-Lackey"
6 The Dating of Shakespeare's Plays 145
The Problem of Cairncross
A Tale of Two-or Three-Lears
The Winter's Tale and Tales of The Tempest
Henry VIII and the Problem of John Fletcher
Questions for a Chronology
7 Shakespeare's Reputation in the Seventeenth Century 167
The Reputation of the Theater in Shakespeare's Day
The Reputation of Shakespeare in His Own Day
Shakespeare in the Restoration
In Praise of Shakespeare
8 The Bard before Bardolatry 190
The Editions of Rowe and Pope
Theobald versus Pope-and Vice Versa
Johnson, Garrick, and Stratford I: c 1745
Johnson, Garrick, and Stratford II: 1756
Johnson, Garrick, and Stratford III: c 1765
The Scholars' Shakespeare versus the Actors' Shakespeare
Afterwords: A Painting of the Shakespeare Monument before Its Restoration?
9 The Claim for the Earl of Oxford 219
Of Pen Names and the Cob of Avon
Oxford as a Patron of Players
The Lord Great Chamberlain's Men?
The Case of the Missing 9th Earl
The Other Lord Chamberlain
The Counterfeit Presentment
The Glass of Fashion
A Resident Dramatist in Queen Elizabeth's Court?
The Thousand-Pound Annuity
In Regard to the Case for Oxford
10 Closing Arguments 264
Stratford in Shakespeare's Day
Shakespeare's Rarified Knowledge
Shakespeare's Classical Knowledge
Getting the Elizabethan Age Right
The Theater and Audiences of Shakespeare's Time
Getting Shakespeare Right
That New Old-Time Orthodoxy