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Shakespeare's First Folio   By: (1564-1616)

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Shakespeare's First Folio by William Shakespeare is a literary masterpiece that showcases the genius and enduring brilliance of one of the greatest playwrights in history. This expansive collection of plays serves as a tribute to Shakespeare's remarkable ability to capture the essence of human emotions and the intricacies of human nature.

The First Folio holds a special place in the annals of literature, as it was the first printed edition to compile Shakespeare's plays, ensuring their preservation for generations to come. What makes this edition remarkable is not just its chronological arrangement of plays, but also the comprehensive nature of its content. It contains plays that span various genres, from tragedies like Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth to comedies such as A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing. This compilation offers readers an extraordinary opportunity to explore the diversity and depth of Shakespeare's work.

One aspect that sets Shakespeare apart as a playwright is his unparalleled ability to craft timeless characters. Through his vivid and articulate language, he brings to life characters that are so complex and multi-dimensional that they feel incredibly real. Each play in the First Folio introduces readers to a captivating cast of individuals, each with their own desires, flaws, and fears. From the tormented and vengeful Hamlet to the mischievous and quick-witted Puck, Shakespeare's characters resonate with readers, offering profound insights into the human condition.

Moreover, the language and poetic mastery of Shakespeare is truly unrivaled. His words possess a rhythmic quality that transcends time and captivates readers even today. The lush imagery, metaphors, and wordplay create a rich tapestry of language that evokes a wide range of emotions. Whether it is the passionate soliloquies in plays like Othello or the enchanting sonnets sprinkled throughout the collection, Shakespeare's linguistic prowess makes reading his work a deeply immersive and unforgettable experience.

This edition of Shakespeare's First Folio also provides valuable insights into the theatrical practices of the time. The introductory materials and contextual information offer readers a glimpse into the dramatic conventions, language, and perspectives that shaped Shakespeare's works. It allows us to delve deeper into the historical and social background of the plays, enriching our understanding of the playwright's intentions and artistic choices.

In conclusion, Shakespeare's First Folio serves as an essential cornerstone of literary history. Its significance lies not only in preserving the plays of this great playwright but also in providing readers with an unparalleled opportunity to appreciate the genius of Shakespeare's work. From its diverse array of plays to its exquisite language and enduring characters, this edition is a treasure trove for anyone who wishes to delve into the timeless world of Shakespearean literature.

First Page:

To the Reader.

This Figure, that thou here feest put, It was for gentle Shakespeare cut: Wherein the Grauer had a strife with Naure, to out doo the life: O, could he but haue dravvne his vvit As vvell in frasse, as he hath hit Hisface; the Print vvould then surpasse All, that vvas euer in frasse. But, since he cannot, Reader, looke Not on his picture, but his Booke.


MR. William SHAKESPEARES Comedies, Histories & Tragedies, Published according to the True Original Copies London Printed by Ifaac Iaggard, and Ed, Bount. 1623


WILLIAM Earle of Pembroke,&c;. Lord Chamberlaine to the Kings most Excellent Majesty.


PHILIP Earle of Montgomery,&c;. Gentleman of his Majesties Bed Chamber. Both Knights of the most Noble Order of the Garter, and our singular good L O R D S

Right Honourable,

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