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William Shakespeare and Others: Collaborative Plays

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Among the plays staged at the Globe and published in Shakespeare's lifetime were The London Prodigal by William Shakespeare, A Yorkshire Tragedy written by W. Shakespeare and Thomas Lord Cromwell written by W. S. Could Shakespeare really have written these plays? Why were they excluded from the First Folio of his collected works?

Edited by renowned Shakespeare scholars Jona
Hardcover, First, 752 pages
Published November 12th 2013 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published November 8th 2013)
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Feb 07, 2014 Daryl rated it really liked it
A Goodreads giveaway won! As someone who's studied Shakespeare (MA in English) and worked in amateur and semi-professional theatre, I have a confession to make. I know most of Shakespeare's works weren't published during his lifetime and I'm aware of the silly rumors that someone else wrote his plays. But I never thought (or was taught) about the possibilities of collaboration, although thinking about it now, it not only makes sense but seems almost inevitable. The introduction and sections on a ...more
Aug 15, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer one: I'm going to do something I've never done before - write a review before I've finished a book.

Disclaimer two: I got my copy free as a good reads giveaway.

I have only glanced at the plays, but I have read all of the things relating to why this book was put together, the background, etc. I am a reader of Shakespeare and for the most part, love them (I loathe Romeo and Juliet). I knew there were factions that believed he plagiarized, stole, wrote more, and so on, but I have never re
Nov 19, 2013 Sammy rated it it was amazing
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I'm so very glad to have this as part of my collection. I adore the layout and aims of Bate & Rasmussen's RSC Complete Works, even if I ultimately believe the more all-encompassing scholarship of the Ardens is the pinnacle in Shakespearean research. But every home should have a complete works, and the RSC is top-notch.

Of course, a "Collaborative Works" is always going to be divisive among reviewers, and my own mind is both rapturous and doubtful about this edition. The plays herein are fres
Feb 11, 2014 May rated it liked it
I was so happy when I won this book (it's my first win too)! My English class does not talk about literature. Its main focus is more on writing., but I pull out this book sometimes to act it out. I enjoy reading plays when I'm bored because then I get to play someone else. I feel like I'm in their world rather than mine. However, it sucks sometimes that I have to play all the characters because I'm alone.
Dec 23, 2013 Nolan rated it really liked it
Well, this was quite a book! It included some great Shakespeare plays (I know about the debates on his authorship, of course), not to mention a few pictures and notes. There were a few things I wanted to mention about the Goodreads First Reads copy (advanced copy):
From a formatting point of view, I think the font should be at least a little bigger. Perhaps this is to be corrected for the final edition?
Another thing, in the advance copy I won, there are some plays missing. Pages 71-206 ("Locri
Dec 22, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
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Full disclosure up front: I won this book through FirstReads.

I love Shakespeare and the Apocrypha--a series of plays he might or might not have had involvement with--is something I was eager to explore, so I was excited to win this book. There is one problem with the book I received, though: the advanced copy only had three of the 10 plays listed in the contents. It is unfortunate because what is here is great. And it's not only the plays but the scholarship in this book that is impressive too.
Kurt Daw
Feb 16, 2014 Kurt Daw rated it really liked it
This is an excellent volume, with many carefully edited and printed plays. The author's argue that some of them are partially by Shakespeare (as collaborator or as play doctor) but it has been relatively poorly received because their own essays argue against attribution of ANY part of several of the included plays to Shakespeare. It rather begs the question why they included them.

The essays (especially Will Sharpe's extended essay on authorship and attribution) are the best part of the volume, a
Julie Bozza
Oct 29, 2014 Julie Bozza marked it as to-read
Another birthday pressie from my awesome sister. The companion volume to the first, covering in wonderful scholarly detail all 'The Shakespeare Apocrypha'. (Sometimes I really do wish I was immortal-ish.)
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Jonathan Bate CBE FBA FRSL is a British academic, biographer, critic, broadcaster, novelist and scholar of Shakespeare, Romanticism and Ecocriticism. He is also Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and Provost of Worcester College, Oxford. A Man Booker Prize judge in 2014.

He studied at the University of Cambridge and Harvard University. He has been King Alfred Professor of E
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