The Sources of Shakespeare's Plays

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Psychology Press, Dec 23, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 319 pages
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First published in 1977.

This book ascertains what sources Shakespeare used for the plots of his plays and discusses the use he made of them; and secondly illustrates how his general reading is woven into the texture of his work. Few Elizabethan dramatists took such pains as Shakespeare in the collection of source-material. Frequently the sources were apparently incompatible, but Shakespeare's ability to combine a chronicle play, one or two prose chronicles, two poems and a pastoral romance without any sense of incongruity, was masterly. The plays are examined in approximately chronological order and Shakespeare's developing skill becomes evident.
  

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Contents

Early Plays
14
Titus Andronicus
22
Richard III
28
Romeo and Juliet
38
Richard II
46
A MidsummerNights Dream
66
Loves Labours Lost
77
Comedies and Histories
86
Measure for Measure
174
Othello
182
King Lear
196
Macbeth
208
Timon of Athens
218
Antony and Cleopatra
220
Coriolanus
238
Last Plays
252

The Merry Wives of Windsor
103
Much Ado about Nothing
113
As You Like It
125
Twelfth Night
132
Troilus and Cressida
141
Tragic Period
158
Alls Well that Ends Well
170
34 Cymbeline
258
The Winters Tale
266
The Tempest
278
Henry VIII
283
Notes
289
Index
315
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