The Tragedy of Richard the Third: With the Landing of Earle Richmond, and the Battle at Bosworth Field

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2000 - Drama - 152 pages
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Mr William Shakespeare is proud to present his original works in a modern typeface! The heavy mascara of four centuries of Shakespeare glossing is stripped away, revealing the original countenance of Shakespeare's work - obliging scholars, readers, and actors to re-examine the assumptions and prejudices with which generations of their forebears have encumbered these works.
 

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Contents

DEFINITIONS OF AND GUIDE TO PHOTOGRAPHIC COPIES OF THE EARLY TEXTS
v
WELCOME TO THESE SCRIPTS
vii
MAKING FULL USE OF THESE TEXTS
ix
Line Structure Changes Not Related to Problems of CastingOff
xi
The Special Problems Affecting What Are Known As Shared or Split Verse Lines
xi
The Unusual Single Split Line
xv
SENTENCE AND PUNCTUATION STRUCTURES
xv
Dropping a line to illustrate F1s sentence structure
xvii
COMMON TYPESETTING PECULIARITIES OF THE FOLIO AND QUARTO TEXTS
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FOOTNOTE CODE
xxxiii
FOOTNOTE CODING BY TOPIC
xxxiii
ONE MODERN CHANGE FREQUENTLY NOTED IN THESE TEXTS
xxxv
A BRIEF WORD ABOUT THE COMPOSITORS9
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INTRODUCTION TO THE TEXT OF THE TRAGEDY OF RICHARD THE THIRD
Dramatis Personae
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The Text
1

The Highlighting Of The Major Punctuation in These Texts
xix
PRACTICAL ONPAGE HELP FOR THE READER
xxi
THE VISUAL SYMBOLS HIGHLIGHTING KEY ITEMS WITHIN THE FIRST FOLIO
xxv
ACT SCENE AND LINE NUMBERING SPECIFIC TO THIS TEXT
xxv
THE CLOCK SEQUENCE FROM ACT FOUR SCENE 2 AS IN Q1
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A LACKADAISICAL APPLICATION OF THE 1606 ACTE TO RESTRAINE THE ABUSE OF THE PLAYERS?
147
THE UNEASY RELATIONSHIP OF FOLIO QUARTOS AND MODERN TEXTS
149
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William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

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