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HOW HAPPY WAS SHAKESPEARE WITH THE PRINTED VERSIONS OF HIS PLAYS?

E. A. J. Honigmann
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 105, No. 4 (October 2010), pp. 937-951
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25801484
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Abstract

Three of Shakespeare's quartos were reissued in 'corrected and augmented' versions, presumably by the author. Why only three? And why did Shakespeare stop writing new plays in 1613? At this time Ben Jonson was editing his Folio collection (c. 1612-16), and the Workes of King James (1616) were also in preparation. It is suggested that Shakespeare and three colleagues (Heminge, Condell, and Burbage) held preliminary discussions at about this time, looking forward to the publication of the First Folio (1623). They are likely to have considered the genre and chronology of the plays, editorial policies, Jonson's role, even the dedication to Pembroke and Montgomery, and the exclusion of the Sonnets.

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