The Plays of William Shakspeare; In Twenty-One Volumes. with the Corrections and Illustrations of Various Commentators. to Which Are Added Notes Volume 2
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1813 edition. Excerpt: ...but to collect into one view, from his several dramas, and from the ancient tracts in which they are mentioned, or alluded to, all the circumstances that can throw any light on this new and curious inquiry. From those circumstances, and from the entries in the books of.. "Who still looks lean, sure with some p--is curst, "But no man can be FalstqfffaX at first." Prologue to the tragedy of Circe. The plays which Shakspeare produced before the year 16OO, are known, and are seventeen or eighteen in number. The rest of his dramas, we may conclude, were composed between that year and the time of his retiring to the country. It is incumbent on those, who differ in opinion from the great authorities abovementioned, --who think with Rowe, that "we are not to look for his beginnings in his least perfect works," it is incumbent, 1 say, on those persons, to enumerate in ihe former class, that is, among the plays produced before 1600, compositions of equal merit with Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, The Tempest, and Twelfth-Night, which we have reason to believe were all written in the latter period; and among his late performances, that is among the plays which are supposed to have appeared after the year 16OO, to point out pieces, as hasty and indigested, as Love's Labour's Lost, The Comedy of Errors, and The 2V? Gentlemen of Verona, which, we know, were among his earlier works. VOL. II. Q the Stationers' Company, extracted and published by Mr. Steevens, (to whom every admirer of Shakspeare has the highest obligations, ) it is probable that our author's plays were written nearly in the following succession; which, though it cannot at this day be ascertained to be their true order, may yet be considered as approaching nearer to it, than...
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