William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1997 - Drama - 671 pages
An indespensable companion to The Norton Shakespeare, Based on the Oxford Edition, this is the most comprehensive reference work on Shakespearean textual problems ever compiled in a single volume. William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion provides a wealth of information about the problems presented by texts and the processes by which editorial decisions are reached. The General Introduction discusses the critical and theoretical issues raised by different kinds of editions, the nature of early manuscripts, printed texts, and the evidence for the canon and chronology of Shakespeare's works. It also offers a concise history of the editing of Shakespeare and sets forth the editorial principles of the Oxford Edition. Included for each work, are an introduction, textual notes, press variants, discussions of emendations and problems of modernization, plausible alternative readings, and a letter-by-letter reprint of the stage directions in the control text, among other materials. --

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Contents

THE CANON AND CHRONOLOGY OF SHAKESPEARES PLAYS
69
SUMMARY OF CONTROLTEXTS
145
WORKS CITED
158
The First Part of the Contention 2 Henry VI
175
Richard Duke of York 3 Henry VI
197
Henry VI
217
Venus and Adonis
264
A Midsummer Nights Dream
279
Sonnets and A Lovers Complaint
444
Sir Thomas More
461
Othello
476
Alls Well That Ends Well
492
King Lear
509
The Tragedy of King Lear Folio
529
Macbeth
543
Pericles
556

Richard II
306
The Merchant of Venice
323
The Merry Wives of Windsor
340
Much Ado About Nothing
371
Julius Caesar
386
Twelfth Night
421
Coriolanus
593
The Tempest
612
The Two Noble Kinsmen
625
INDEX TO NOTES ON MODERNIZATION
666
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