Shakespeare's Texts and Editions

Authored by: Eugene Giddens

The Shakespearean World

Print publication date:  March  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415732529
eBook ISBN: 9781315778341
Adobe ISBN: 9781317696193

10.4324/9781315778341.ch26

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Abstract

William Shakespeare’s plays and poems have a textual history of almost unrivalled complexity. His works survive in multiple, often contradictory or spurious, editions; and around half of the plays were published after his death in versions possibly altered by the playwright himself, more often by another hand. Shakespeare wrote principally for the theatre, a popular form of entertainment, but one that in the Elizabethan period at least did not readily lend itself to the production of literary texts.

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