Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: Or, What You Will

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: Or, What You Will

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Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: Or, What You Will

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night: Or, What You Will

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The aim in the volumes of this series is to present a satisfactory text of each play, modernized in spelling and punctuation, with as full an equipment of explanation and comment as is necessary for thorough intelligibility. The first section of the introduction is intended to give the student an idea of the place of the play in the history of the English drama in general, and of Shakspere's development in particular. The evidence for the date of the play has been given in some detail, as the mere statement of the facts helps to bring home the uncertainty which must be felt as to the authorship of many of the songs scattered through Shakspere's plays.

In dealing with the source of the plot, I have given what, after a somewhat elaborate investigation, I regard with some assurance as the truth. But it ought to be said that the view here stated, though accepted by many scholars, differs from that preferred by Dr. Furness in his recent Variorum edition of the play. For the reasons which lead me to differ from a scholar whom every student of Shakspere must regard with gratitude and honor, reference may be made to an article in the Atlantic Monthly for May, 1902.

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