By Andrew R. Murphy
A Concise better half to Shakespeare and the textual content introduces the early variations, enhancing practices, and publishing historical past of ShakespeareвЂ™s performs and poems, and examines their impression on bibliographic reports as a complete.
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- Includes a worthy creation, notes on ShakespeareвЂ™s texts, and an invaluable bibliography
- Contributors signify either major and rising students within the box
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To six plays that were reprinted in the First Folio (three in very different forms), Pavier added Pericles (not published in F1 but now at least semi-canonical) and two plays that are now considered apocryphal: A Yorkshire Tragedy (named on the title-page as “Written by W. Shakspeare” in the 1608 Quarto and initialed with “W.
This was particularly important given that the early modern concept of copy was much more elastic than our modern notion of copyright. Once a title was registered, a stationer held rights not just to the text in question but to other books on the same topic and to different versions of the same story. Once they had received the appropriate external authority and a license from the Stationers’ Company, printers and booksellers sometimes chose to record their proprietary rights in the Company Registers.
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A Concise Companion to Shakespeare and the Text by Andrew R. Murphy