Shakespeare and Sir Thomas More: Essays on the Play and its Shakespearian Interest

Shakespeare and Sir Thomas More: Essays on the Play and its Shakespearian Interest

by T. H. Howard-Hill (Editor)


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Scholarly interest in The Book of Sir Thomas More has concentrated on the issue of Shakespeare's contribution to its revision. The play, which concerns the life of Sir Thomas More, was written in 1593–4, subjected to censorship by the Master of the Revels and revised by a group of playwrights which probably included Shakespeare. 148 lines have been claimed as Shakespeare's, and these were the focus of a collection of essays edited by A. W. Pollard in 1923. The range of topics in this volume is much wider than that of the 1923 collection, taking in the problems presented by the play as a whole, its authorship and revision, structure, occasion and staging. The terms of controversy are realigned, and the stature of the play re-established, making it appear more than ever likely that Shakespeare contributed to its revision.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521123464
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/19/2009
Series: New Cambridge Shakespeare Studies and Supplementary Texts
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; List of abbreviations; Introduction T. H. Howard-Hill; 1. Voice and Credyt: the scholars and Sir Thomas More G. Harold Metz; 2. The occasion of the book of Sir Thomas More William B. Long; 3. The book of Sir Thomas More: dates and acting companies Scott McMillin; 4. The book of Sir Thomas More: dramatic unity Giorgio Melchiori; 5. The date and auspices of the additions to Sir Thomas More Gary Taylor; 6. Henry Chettle and the original text of Sir Thomas More John Jowett; 7. Webster or Shakespeare? style, idiom, vocabulary and spelling in the additions to Sir Thomas More Charles R. Forker; 8. Sir Thomas More and the Shakespeare Canon: two approaches John W. Velz; Appendix: the sources of Sir Thomas More by scenes Giorgio Melchiori and Vittorio Gabrieli; Index.

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