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Introduction to Shakespeare Apocrypha

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Introduction to Shakespeare Apocrypha by C. F. Tucker Brooke is a comprehensive and insightful guide to the lesser-known works attributed to William Shakespeare. The author provides a detailed analysis of each apocryphal play, contextualizing them within the broader Shakespearean canon.

Brooke's writing is clear and engaging, making the sometimes complex language of the apocryphal plays accessible to readers. He delves into the historical background of each play, discussing their possible origins and the controversies surrounding their authorship.

One of the strengths of this book is the inclusion of critical perspectives from scholars throughout history, shedding light on how these plays have been received and interpreted over time. Brooke's own analysis is thoughtful and well-reasoned, offering fresh insights into these lesser-known works.

Overall, Introduction to Shakespeare Apocrypha is a valuable resource for anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of Shakespeare's oeuvre. Brooke's expertise and passion for the subject shine through in this meticulously researched and engaging book. Highly recommended for Shakespeare enthusiasts and scholars alike.

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"The ambition of the editor has been to provide an accurate and complete text, with adequate critical and supplementary matter, of all those plays which can, without entire absurdity, be included in the 'doubtfully Shakespearian' class."

This project provides the Preface and Introduction of this book, wherein some 42 candidate Shakespeares are whittled down to some 14 plays "which alone appear entitled, on grounds either of reason or of custom, to a place among the Shakespeare Apocrypha." The book then presents the text of the 14 plays; performances of these play texts will be presented separately in our catalog. For example, The Two Noble Kinsmen and The Birth of Merlin are already released. - Summary by Author and Toddhw

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