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Sir Thomas More: By Anthony Munday and Others

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This modern-spelling critical edition of a famous and controversial theatrical document from the Elizabethan age shows that Sir Thomas More is the best extant example of the genre of biographical history. Following a radical re-examination of the manuscript, this edition relates step by step to the process by which the play acquired its final form, accounting in the collat ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 23rd 2002 by Manchester University Press (first published 1592)
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Joseph R.
Jun 19, 2013 Joseph R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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While browsing through one of the Shakespeare bookstores in Stratford-upon-Avon this volume caught my eye. I had never heard that Shakespeare wrote a play on Thomas More. After looking through it at the store it was clear he hadn't written the entire play. He was one of about four other authors and he revised an already prepared text. Loving St. Thomas More as I do, I couldn't resist and bought the book.

The book is part of the Arden Shakespeare series, a scholarly series designed to support both
Feb 22, 2015 Leslie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There's a reason why this play isn't much read. The reason is that it's not very good. The history of the text and the insight it provides into Elizabethan co-writing are fascinating, but the play itself is deeply uneven in quality of writing, sporadic in assemblage of plot, and thin in development of themes.
Dec 05, 2013 Sammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very good, thorough edition of this collaborative play from the 1600s, to which William Shakespeare contributed. The introduction does a good job of exploring both the play as a work, and also the complex situation that led to its creation. The main text has a battle on its hands, since it's a very rare example of a play found in manuscript form, so words are missing, scenes are divided between authors or occasionally between original and censored texts, and so on. Very thoroughly done. And th ...more
Cindy Rollins
This is one of the plays with uncertain attribution. The language was, indeed, unsteady but there were highlights when Thomas More spoke in iambic pentameter. I take those to be Shakespeare's words.
An insubstansive and wishwashy play. Interesting only for a few scenes, and the revisions made by the censor.
Oct 26, 2015 Hayley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very unique play, I enjoyed the era and the beautiful prose. The plot lacked some pace and structure, though.
Mar 25, 2013 R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who don't know, this is a collaborative work, to which Shakespeare only contributed a small amount. Much of the interest is scholarly, as we have the original manuscript in the various handwritings of the collaborators (and the censor), so this sheds considerable light on the nature of theatrical collaboration in Elizabethan theater. The value of this particular edition lies in the enormous introduction, extensive footnotes and numerous appendices.
Sep 09, 2011 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good -- much more interesting than Henry 6 (all 3 Parts), although I don't know the history, and ignorance of More's fatal dispute definitely detracts.
Oct 16, 2013 Rose rated it really liked it
I feel like I need to look at the history of the time and who the real Sir Thomas More was before I properly understand what's going on.
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Well thank goodness someone could stop those stupid rioters!
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Anthony Munday (or Monday) (baptized 13 October 156 – 10 August 1633) was an English playwright and miscellaneous writer. The chief interest in Munday for the modern reader lies in his work as one of the chief predecessors of Shakespeare in English dramatic composition, as well as his writings on Robin Hood.
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