The Sources of Shakespeare's Plays

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Psychology Press, 2005 - 319 Seiten
First published in 1977.

This book ascertains what sources Shakespeare used for the plots of his plays and discusses the use he made of them; and secondly illustrates how his general reading is woven into the texture of his work. Few Elizabethan dramatists took such pains as Shakespeare in the collection of source-material. Frequently the sources were apparently incompatible, but Shakespeare's ability to combine a chronicle play, one or two prose chronicles, two poems and a pastoral romance without any sense of incongruity, was masterly. The plays are examined in approximately chronological order and Shakespeare's developing skill becomes evident.
 

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Inhalt

Introduction
9
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
17
Henry VI
24
Romeo and Juliet
38
Richard II
46
A MidsummerNights Dream 66 Loves Labours Lost
77
Comedies and Histories
86
I7 The Merry Wives of Windsor
103
Measure for Measure I74 27 Othello
174
King Lear
196
Macbeth
208
3O Timon of Athens
218
3I Antony and Cleopatra
220
Coriolanus
238
Last Plays
252
Cymbeline
258

I9 Much Ado about Nothing
113
2I As You Like It
125
Twelfth Night
132
Troilus and Cressida
141
Tragic Period
158
Alls Well that Ends Well
170
The Winters Tale
266
The Tempest
278
Henry VIII
283
Notes
289
Index
315
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