The Plays & Poems of Robert Greene - Vol. 1

The Plays & Poems of Robert Greene - Vol. 1

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The Plays & Poems of Robert Greene - Vol. 1

The Plays & Poems of Robert Greene - Vol. 1

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When the Delegates of the Clarendon Press entrusted me with the preparation of an edition of Greene's Plays and Poems I determined to spare no pains to make it, so far at least as the text was concerned, a final one. And the method adopted was this. Each play was transcribed literally from the oldest Quarto extant: thus the Looking Glasse was copied from the Quarto of 1594, Orlando and Frier Bacon and Frier Bongay from the Quartos of the same year, Alphonsus from the Quarto of 1599, James IV from that of 1597, and The Pinner from that of 1599. And to the text of these Quartos my text scrupulously adheres, except where the reading of some of the later Quartos either makes sense of nonsense or presents a reading which is obviously and strikingly preferable; but rigid conservatism has been my rule. I have very rarely admitted conjectures into the text even where corruption cried for them. Where words necessary for the completion either of the sense or of the metre have been supplied they have been placed within brackets, and the same system has been adopted in supplying the acts and scenes when they are not marked, as is nearly always the case, in the original Quartos.

In an Appendix to Orlando Furioso I have given a complete transcript of the very remarkable fragment which is preserved among the Alleyn Manuscripts at Dulwich College, a section of which has been reproduced in collotype. It consists of a large portion of the original part of Orlando transcribed by the copyist of the theatre for Alleyn, with certain additions in Alleyn's own handwriting. Dyce's transcript, though fairly accurate, is habitually incorrect in the spelling, and has some, and those . . .

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