The works of William Shakespeare

The works of William Shakespeare

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by William Shakespeare
     
 

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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process.… See more details below

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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

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This edition reproduces the six volumes of edited by Nicholas Rowe in 1709 and the volume of poems edited by Charles Gildon in 1710. The introduction by Peter Holland (the Shakespeare Institute, U. of Birmingham) discusses the influence of Rowe's work<-->until 1986, when the Wells-Taylor edition appeared, collected editions of the plays reflected Rowe's character names, definitions of where scenes took place, list of characters, act and scene divisions, emendations, and punctuation. The 1709 edition represented a number of firsts: the first octavo printing, first illustrated edition ("adorned with cuts"), first to introduce act and scene divisions which were lacking in the folios, and the first extensive biography of Shakespeare (following the introduction). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

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" A Midsommer nights dreame. As it hath beene sundiy times publickely acted, by the Right honourable, the Lord Cham- berlaine his seruants. Written by William Shakespeare. Imprinted at London, for Thomas Fisher, and are to be soulde at bis shoppe, at the Signe of the White Hart, in Fleete-streete, 1600." 32 leaves. "A Midsommer night's dreame. As it hath beene sundry times ipublikely acted, by the Right Honourable, the Lord Cham- berlaine his seruants. Written by William Shakespeare. Printed by James Roberts, 1600." 32 leaves. A Midsummer Night's Dream occupies eighteen pages in the folio of 1623, viz., from p. 145 to p. 162, inclusive, in the division of Comedies. It is there divided into Acts, but not into'Scenes, and is without a list of Dramatis Personse. chapter{Section 4 A MIDSUMMER-NIGHT'S DREAM. INTRODUCTION. DR. JOHNSON, doling out scarce half a dozen lines of cold approval to this play, devotes two of them to saying, " Fairies in his [Shakespeare's] time were much in fashion : common tradition had made them familiar, and Spenser's poem had made them great." But, unfortunately for Shakespeare's reputation, the ignorance and misapprehension displayed in this sentence sadly impair the value of that approbation of which it forms so large a part. An editor of Shakespeare should have known that the fairies of The Faerie Queen and those of A Midsummer-Night's Dream are not the same. A reader capable of appreciating either poem, on reading both, must see, untold, that they have nothing in common. The personages of Spenser's allegory are the supernatural beings of stately romance, endowed with traits typical of the moral virtues : the freakful atomies of Shakespeare'sdream are the ' good people' in whose actual existence every rustic in England had full fai...

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