The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Two Noble Kinsmen

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In addition to the text of "The Two Noble Kinsmen", a play that the editor contends was written by Shakespeare in collaboration with his younger colleague Fletcher, this book includes a discussion of the authorship, its history on the stage and the classical ideals of chivalry and friendship on which the plot turns. The text is based on the Quarto of 1634, which was printed from a prompt copy and contains problems of lineation - for example, whole scenes printed as verse which have been recognized as prose. Apart from attempting to clarify these issues, this edition aims to explicate the stage action, which is only partially revealed by the Quarto stage directions. As a volume in the Oxford Shakespeare series, there is annotation, discussion (with illustrations) of past productions, textual footnoting and an index.show more

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  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 15.24mm | 249.47g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0192814982
  • 9780192814982

Table of contents

Introduction: early publication and performances; authorship including the question of Shakespeare's participation, grounds for various opinions; text; sources; occasion; the play in performance; interpretation; the collaborative structure. Editorial procedures: abbreviations and references. "The Two Noble Kinsmen". Appendices: A - the morris dance in 3.5; B - alterations to lineation. Index.show more

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"An exemplary text, superbly edited with a most helpful introduction. The authorship question is excellently treated."--Margaret Loftus Ranald, Queens College, CUNY"[An] excellent edition...This sturdily bound book is an extremely usable edition of a too little known play. All serious academic libraries will wish to have it."--ChoicePraise for the Oxford Shakespeare "Every library supporting the study of Shakespeare on any level must have the new Oxford Shakespeare."--Choice"The Oxford Shakespeare has followed the example of the New Ardens in printing collations and notes at the foot of each page rather than in appendices. Oxford, however, has improved upon the Ardens in the matter of typography and provides the most attractive and easiest to use single-play editions of Shakespeare currently available."--The Shakespeare Bulletin"Beautifully printed and easy to handle, each volume provides legible and useful footnotes, along with an introduction by an eminent scholar."--New York Times Book Review"Not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship."--Times Literary Supplement"Easy reading...first-class 20th century footnotes...and lots of relevant scholarship for practical stage usage. Congratulations."--Joseph Papp"The very best texts of Shakespeare's plays."--Biblioth((e'))que d'Humanisme et Renaissance "An exemplary text, superbly edited with a most helpful introduction. The authorship question is excellently treated."--Margaret Loftus Ranald, Queens College, CUNY "[An] excellent edition...This sturdily bound book is an extremely usable edition of a too little known play. All serious academic libraries will wish to have it."--Choice Praise for the Oxford Shakespeare: "Every library supporting the study of Shakespeare on any level must have the new Oxford Shakespeare."--Choice "The Oxford Shakespeare has followed the example of the New Ardens in printing collations and notes at the foot of each page rather than in appendices. Oxford, however, has improved upon the Ardens in the matter of typography and provides the most attractive and easiest to use single-play editions of Shakespeare currently available."--The Shakespeare Bulletin "Beautifully printed and easy to handle, each volume provides legible and useful footnotes, along with an introduction by an eminent scholar."--New York Times Book Review "Not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship."--Times Literary Supplement "Easy reading...first-class 20th century footnotes...and lots of relevant scholarship for practical stage usage. Congratulations."--Joseph Papp "The very best texts of Shakespeare's plays."--Biblioth((e'))que d'Humanisme et Renaissance "An exemplary text, superbly edited with a most helpful introduction. The authorship question is excellently treated."--Margaret Loftus Ranald, Queens College, CUNY "[An] excellent edition...This sturdily bound book is an extremely usable edition of a too little known play. All serious academic libraries will wish to have it."--Choice Praise for the Oxford Shakespeare: "Every library supporting the study of Shakespeare on any level must have the new Oxford Shakespeare."--Choice "The Oxford Shakespeare has followed the example of the New Ardens in printing collations and notes at the foot of each page rather than in appendices. Oxford, however, has improved upon the Ardens in the matter of typography and provides the most attractive and easiest to use single-play editions of Shakespeare currently available."--The Shakespeare Bulletin "Beautifully printed and easy to handle, each volume provides legible and useful footnotes, along with an introduction by an eminent scholar."--New York Times Book Review "Not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship."--Times Literary Supplement "Easy reading...first-class 20th century footnotes...and lots of relevant scholarship for practical stage usage. Congratulations."--Joseph Papp "The very best texts of Shakespeare's plays."--Biblioth((e'))que d'Humanisme et Renaissance "An exemplary text, superbly edited with a most helpful introduction. The authorship question is excellently treated."--Margaret Loftus Ranald, Queens College, CUNY"[An] excellent edition...This sturdily bound book is an extremely usable edition of a too little known play. All serious academic libraries will wish to have it."--ChoicePraise for the Oxford Shakespeare: "Every library supporting the study of Shakespeare on any level must have the new Oxford Shakespeare."--Choice"The Oxford Shakespeare has followed the example of the New Ardens in printing collations and notes at the foot of each page rather than in appendices. Oxford, however, has improved upon the Ardens in the matter of typography and provides the most attractive and easiest to use single-play editionsof Shakespeare currently available."--The Shakespeare Bulletin"Beautifully printed and easy to handle, each volume provides legible and useful footnotes, along with an introduction by an eminent scholar."--New York Times Book Review"Not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship."--Times Literary Supplement"Easy reading...first-class 20th century footnotes...and lots of relevant scholarship for practical stage usage. Congratulations."--Joseph Papp"The very best texts of Shakespeare's plays."--Biblioth((e'))que d'Humanisme et Renaissanceshow more

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