By William Shakespeare

ISBN-10: 1108005780

ISBN-13: 9781108005784

John Dover Wilson's New Shakespeare, released among 1921 and 1966, grew to become the vintage Cambridge variation of Shakespeare's performs and poems until eventually the Eighties. The sequence, lengthy due to the fact out-of-print, is now reissued. every one paintings is obtainable either separately and as a suite, and every incorporates a long and full of life creation, major textual content, and large notes and thesaurus revealed on the again. The version, which begun with The Tempest and ended with The Sonnets, placed into perform the thoughts and theories that had advanced below the 'New Bibliography'. Remarkably by way of contemporary criteria, even though it took the easiest a part of part a century to supply, the recent Shakespeare concerned just a small band of editors in addition to Dover Wilson himself. because the volumes took form, lots of Dover Wilson's textual tools received common popularity and have become a longtime a part of later editorial perform, for instance within the Arden and New Cambridge Shakespeares.

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I Gentleman. I cannot delve him to the root. His father Was called Sicilius, who did join his honour 30 Against the Romans with Cassibelan, But had his titles by Tenantius, whom He served with glory and admired success, So gained the sur-addition Leonatus; And had, besides this gentleman in question, Two other sons, who in the wars o'th'time Died with their swords in hand; for which their father, Then old and fond of issue, took such sorrow That he quit being; and his gentle lady, Big of this gentleman, our theme, deceased 40 As he was born.

5-6 (for Cymbeline, see p . 50). INTRODUCTION xxvii more specific resemblance between Cymbeline, 3. 3. 42-4 and Lear, 5. 3. 8ff. Professor G. e. lack of, and necessity of "experience"'; he also points out that the Cymbeline scene is a link between Lear and The Tempest: the 'cell of ignorance' (3. 3. 33) recalls 'the prison in which Lear wanted to seek refuge and liberation from the world, but at the same time looks forward to Prospero's cell'. III. The Play There is no need for a comprehensive survey of the fortunes of Cymbeline at the hands of critics.

3. 27-44 recall Lear, 2. 4. 211-15 3 (cf. also 2. 4. 270, 'Man's life's as cheap as beast's'), and there is a had made earlier {Modern Language Notes, xxvn (1912), no) that the scene in Cymbeline was indebted to The First Partofjeronimo, 2. 4. 1 W. J. Craig, in Dowden's edition (1903), p. xxxvii, and also in Craig's own 'Little Quarto' edition (1905), p. xxiii; and E. Greenlaw, Studies in Philology, x n i (1916), 142-4. * See also K. Muir, Shakespeare's Sources, 1 (1957)7 p. 239. 4. 214, 'Necessity's sharp pinch'.

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