The Works of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher - Vol. 4

The Works of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher - Vol. 4

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The Works of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher - Vol. 4

The Works of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher - Vol. 4

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The False One appeared in the Folio editions of 1647 and 1679; it was not printed separately. Later editions are those of 1711; of Seward in 1750, Colman, 1778; Weber, 1812; and Dyce, 1843. Recently it has appeared in the edition issued by the Cambridge University Press.

Under this head Dyce remarks :—“The False One and The Double Marriage are perhaps later than March 1618–19, as the name of Burbadge, who died on the 13th of that month, is absent from the list of the original performers in these two tragedies.” He adds “Both the Prologue and Epilogue attest that The False One was composed by more than one author ; and from the comparative regularity of the plot, as well as from the versification in several scenes, Weber conjectures with much probability that a portion is by Massinger.”

The text here given is based on the Folios of 1647 and 1679. The important differences between these texts, as well as the important emendations proposed or adopted are indicated in the Notes.

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