A Shakespeare Handbook

A Shakespeare Handbook

A Shakespeare Handbook

A Shakespeare Handbook

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The manuscript of this book was all but complete when the illness, which was to bring to him so untimely a death, overtook the late author; and it has therefore been left to his friends to see his book through the press, carrying out as nearly as possible his plans for it. In designing A Shakespeare Handbook, Dr. Alden had clearly in mind a collection into convenient form of that general and accepted material and information concerning the great dramatist which should be in the hands of everyone as a necessary preliminary to the understanding of Shakespeare and his work. For this purpose is included a summary of the known facts of Shakespeare's life, the canon of his plays and their chronology, that the student may have before him the extent of his authorship and the order of the plays, so far as possible, in their probable writing. The book concludes with an epitome of Elizabethan grammar, a brief account of the versification of the time, a bibliography for general guidance and a glossary of the more usual words employed in the more important plays which are given specific consideration in this volume. A feature, which can not, I venture to think, but commend itself to both teacher and student, is the reprinting at some length of the actual source material of several of the most important of Shakespeare's plays. It is not that this material might not be sought and found in libraries, but that there is an obvious advantage in having it so easily accessible that the student . . .

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