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WITH HIS LIFE.

Illustrated with many hundred Wood-cuts,

EXECUTED BY

HW HEWET, AFTER DESIGNS BY KENNY MEADOWS, HARVEY, IND OTHERS.

EDITED

BY GULIAN C. VER PLANCK, LL.D.

WITH

CRITICAL INTRODUCTIONS, NOTES, ETC., ORIGINAL AND SELECTED.

IN THREE VOLUMES.

V O L U ME 1.-HISTORIES.

NEW YORK:

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,

92 CLIFF STREET

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year one thousand

eight hundred and forty-seven, by

HARPER & BROTHERS,

i in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District

of New York.

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[To be slipt into any copy of Shakspere.]

THE ORDER OF SHAKSPERE'S PLAYS.

Mr FURNIVALL’s Introduction to the Leopold Shakspere, Cassell & Co., 108. 6d.,
gives his order and groups of the Plays and Poons as follows:-
FIRST PERIOD (? 1588-1594).

e. The darkening Comedy. All's Well (1601-2). e. The Comedy-of-Errors or Mistaken-Iden

Shakspere's Sonnels (? 1592-1608). tity Group (Tit. Andr. not Shakspero's). Love's Labours Lost (? 1588-9); Errors

THIRD PERIOD (1601-1608). (? 1589); Midsum. Nighi's Dream (? 1590). a. The Unfit-Nature or Under-Burden-failing b. Link-play. Two Gent. of Verona (? 1590-1). Group. Julius Casar (1601); Hamlet c. The Passion Group:

(1602-3); Measure for Measure (? 1603). Romeo and Juliet (? 1591-3); Venus 6. The Tempter-yielding Group: and Adonis (? 1593); Lucrece (1593-4);

Othello (? 1604); Macbeth (1605-6). The Passionate Pilgrim (pr. 1599).

c. The 1st Ingratitude and Cursing Play: d. The Early Histories,

Lear (1605-6). Richard II. (? 1593); 1, 2, 3 Henry VI. d. The Lust or False-Love Group. ( 1592-4: 1 Henry . perhaps earlier);

Troilus and Cressida ( 1606-7); AnRichard III. (1594).

tony and Cleopatra (? 1606-7). SECOND PERIOD (? 1595-1601).

e. The 2nd Ingratitude and Cursing Group.

Coriolanus (? 1607-8); Timon (? 1607-8). 2. The Life-plea Group. King John (? 1595); The Merchant of Venice (? 1596).

FOURTH PERIOD (? 1608-1613). b. A Farce : The Taming of the Shrero (? 1596-7). 6. The 3 Comedies of Falstaff, with the All plays of Re-union, of Reconciliation, and Trilogy of Henry IV., V.

Forgiveness, a. By Men. Pericles (1608-9); 1 Henry IV. (1596-7): 2 Henry IV.

The Tempest (? 1609-10). (1597-8); The Merry Wives (1598-9);

6. By Women (mainly). Cymbeline (? 1610); Henry V. (1599).

Winter's Tale (1611); Hen. VIII. (1612-13). d. The 3 Sunny. or Sweet-Time Comedies, Doubtful Playe: The Two Noble Kinsmen

Much Ado (1599-1600); As you like it (? 1612-13), part Shakspere's. Edward III. (1600); Twelfth Night (1601).

(1591), none of it Shakspere's.

J.

II.

III.

WILL.

In the Notes to the same Introduction are Prof. Dowden's groups and order, thus:--1. PRE-SHAKSPERIAN GROUP.

(Jaques the link to the next group.) (Touched by Shakspere.)

Discordant (c.) Earnest. All's Well, Titus Andronicus }(blood and fire).

sadness. Bitter, dark. Measure for Measure. 1 Henry VI.

Ironical. Troilus and Cressida. 2. MARLOWE-SHAKSPERE GROUP. 9. MIDDLE TRAGEDY (= Tragedy of reflection). Early History.

Julius Caesar. Error and misfortune rather 2 and 3 Henry VI. (Marlowe's presence). Hamlet.

than passion and crimo. Richard III. (Marlowe's influence).

10. LATER TRAGEDY (= Tragedy of passion). 3. EABLY COMEDIES.

Jealousy and murder. Othello. Lore's Labours Lost.

Errors.

Ambition and murder. Macbeth. Taco Gentlemen. Midsummer-Night's Dream.

Ingratitude and parricide. Lear. 4. EARLY TRAGEDY. Romeo and Juliet. Voluptuousness. Antony and Cleopatra. 5. MIDDLE HISTORY. Rich, II. K. John.

Haughtiness (alienation from 6. MIDDLE COMEDY, Merchant of Venice.

country). Coriolanus, 7. LATER HISTORY (History and Comedy

Misanthropy (alienation from

humanity). Timon. (Timon the climax.) united). 1 and 2 Henry IV. Henry V.

11. ROMANCES.
8. LATER COMEDY.

Sketch Marina (1st Tempest).
Group (a.) Rough and boisterous comedy.
Shrew. (No sadness.) Merry Wives.

Tempest (Tempest again).

Cymbeline. TVinter's Tale. (6.) Refined, joyous, romantic. Musical Trelíth-Night.

12. FRAGMENTS. sadness. Much Ado. As You like it.

Henry VIII. Tuo Noble Kinsmen.

Observe I have early, middle, and later History; early, middle, and later Comedy;

and early, middle, and later Tragedy; and the plays might well be read not only
right through in chronological order, but also in these three lines chronologically :-
Comedy: a.6. c.
Tragedy: a. b. c.

History: a. 6. c.

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