Measure for Measure

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Penguin Books, Limited, 1988 - Drama - 253 pages
Although performed before King James I in 1604, the text of Measure, For Measure was not published until 1623, seven years after Shakespeare's death. This First Folio text, printed from a transcript by King's Mens scrivener Ralph Crane of Shakespeare's own foul papers, preserves Shakespeare's authorial process, including his changes in plot, character, theme and structure. As such it offers a unique view of the author's writing and rewriting of his own play. Once dismissed as an 'assembled' text or as a 'darkened' text, adapted or botched by later revisers, the Folio text instead presents a superbly written play about intensely complex issues, including the uses of morality and sexuality. The original and genuine text of Measure, For Measure offers Shakespeare at his most brilliant and intricate.

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Contents

PREFATORY REMARKS
vii
INTRODUCTION
35
TEXTUAL NOTE
137
Commentaries
144
Marcia Riefer Poulsen Instruments of Some
198
Measure for Measure on Stage and
219
suggested references
247
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