The First Edition. Coriolanus was first published in the Folio of 1623, where it was originally placed at the head of the division of "Tragedies," occupying pages 1- 30; subsequently, however, Troilus and Cressida was placed before it. The text of the play is extremely unsatisfactory, due to the careless transcript put into the printers' hands.
The play is mentioned in the Stationers' Registers, under date of Nov. 8, 1623, as one of sixteen plays not previously entered to other men.
The Date of Composition. There is no definite external evidence for the date of Coriolanus; general considerations of style, diction, and metrical tests point to 1608-1610 as the most probable years, and justify us in . . .
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