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William Shakespeare and Others
Collaborative Plays. The RSC Shakespeare
Developed in partnership with The Royal Shakespeare Company, this is the first edition for over a hundred years of the fascinatingly varied body of plays that has become known as `The Shakespeare Apocrypha'. As a companion to their award-winning The RSC Shakespeare: Complete Works, renowned scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, supported by a dynamic team of co-editors, now provide a fascinating insight into ten plays in which Shakespeare may have had a hand. A magisterial essay by Will Sharpe provides a comprehensive account of the Authorship and Attribution of each play.
Combining outstanding textual scholarship with elegant writing and design, this unique collection allows us to revisit the question of what is Shakespearean. It is an indispensable book for students, teachers, performers, scholars and lovers of Shakespeare everywhere.
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'The ten plays collected in William Shakespeare & Others are worth serious attention ...it is difficult to imagine anyone seriously interested in Shakespeare who would not want to read these plays...Bate and Rasmussen deserve our gratitude for re-presenting these fascinating dramas so handsomely and conveniently for today's readership' - Standpoint 'The greatness of Shakespeare's art has misled many readers imagining that his genius was somehow beyond history. Among the virtues of William Shakespeare & Others is that it corrects that misapprehension. Shakespeare was firmly of his age in the way he wrote and worked...the evidence of collaboration demonstrates that the author was a jobbing playwright' - The Times 'a major edition of collaborative plays bearing the Bard's name.' - The Observer 'This is the definitive account of what else [Shakespeare] lent his genius to' - Stratford Observer 'Eminent Shakespeare scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen have collected 10 plays known as The Shakespeare Apocrypha for the first time in more than 100 years...this major new edition of collaborative plays has the only scene from any play to survive in Shakespeare's own handwriting' - The Birmingham Post 'The volume offers us a provocative glimpse of a world in which authorship is communal and complex, and thereby takes us further along the road towards properly understanding Shakespeare as, in the fullest sense, a man of the theatre' - Around the Globe