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Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist

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ISBN-10: 0521045665

ISBN-13: 9780521045667

Edition: 2007

Authors: Lukas Erne

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Lukas Erne argues in this study that Shakespeare, apart from being a playwright who wrote theatrical texts for the stage, was also a literary dramatist who produced reading texts for publication. Contrary to a long-standing consensus, Shakespeare does not seem to have been opposed, or indifferent, to the publication of his plays, and he pursued a policy of trying to get them published. Accordingly, Shakespeare's long play texts survive in a literary format that would have required shortening before they reached the stage.
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Book details

List price: $62.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Helen Barr is Fellow and Tutor in English Language and Literature at Lady Margaret Hall, University of OxfordLukas Erne is Professor of English at the University of Geneva

List of illustrations
The legitimation of printed playbooks in Shakespeare's time
The making of 'Shakespeare'
Shakespeare and the publication of his plays (I): the late sixteenth century
Shakespeare and the publication of his plays (II): the early seventeenth century
The players' alleged opposition to print
Why size matters: 'the two hours' traffic of our stage' and the length of Shakespeare's plays
Editorial policy and the length of Shakespeare's plays
'Bad' quartos and their origins: Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, and Hamlet
Theatricality, literariness and the texts of Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, and Hamlet
The plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in print, 1584-1623
Heminge and Condell's 'Stolne, and surreptitious copies' and the Pavier quartos
Shakespeare and the circulation of dramatic manuscripts
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