The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions
ISBN: 9781840225570
Format: PDF, Mobi
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William Shakespeare (1564-1616) excels in plot, poetry and wit, and his talent encompasses the tragedies of "Hamlet," "King Lear," "Othello," and "Macbeth" as well as history plays and the comedies such as "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and "As You Like It." This volume presents his plays in the chronological order in which they were written.

The Works of William Shakespeare 1868

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: General Books
ISBN: 9780217616133
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: KING HENRY V. INTRODUCTION. HOLINSHED furnished Shakespeare with the crude material with which he completed in this play the design of which he had the hint from The Famous Victories of Henry the Fifth. The dramatist followed the chronicler closely, and in some passages but poetically paraphrased his prose. Shakespeare's Henry the Fifth was first published in quarto in 1600, but with a text so mutilated, as well as so incomplete, that it is quite impossible to decide by internal evidence whether the manuscript from which it was printed represents, even imperfectly, an early form of the play, or, still more imperfectly, the completed work as it appears in the folio. The quarto edition, among other important omissions, is without the Choruses; but from this no inference can be drawn as to the time when the Choruses were written; for it is manifest that that edition was published in great haste, from manuscript obtained in the most surreptitious and inefficient manner, to meet a demand created by the great popularity of the play ; and from such a copy the Choruses would be most probably omitted, as having neither narrative nor comic interest. The fifth of these Choruses, therefore, which contains lines that must have been written between April and September, 1599,f is to be accepted as decisive of the date of the production of the play, especially as it is not mentioned by Meres in 1598, (in the list which includes Henry the Fourth, King John, and Richard the Second,) and as it was published in 1600. The text exists in a very satisfactory state in the folio, which is the only authority for it. The quarto, however, sometimes affords welcome aid in the conjectural correction of typographical errors. The period of the action is from 1414 to 1420. See the Introduction to...

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Volume 30

Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Palala Press
ISBN: 9781354526149
Format: PDF, ePub
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