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A Concise spouse to Shakespeare and the Text introduces the early variants, modifying practices, and publishing background of Shakespeare’s performs and poems, and examines their impact on bibliographic reports as a whole.

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It also brings into focus, if just for a moment, the many and varied human transactions and relationships that underlie the act of publication, and the numerous labors that come together to make possible the existence of any circulating text. ), The Arden Shakespeare: Complete Works (London: Thomson Learning, 2001). 34 Reading and Authorship Chapter 2 Reading and Authorship: The Circulation of Shakespeare 1590–1619 Peter Stallybrass and Roger Chartier In 1991, Paul Bertram and Bernice Kliman edited a Three-Text Hamlet, in which they printed the First Quarto, the Second Quarto, and the First Folio of Hamlet side by side.

When we bear in mind the fact that, with the exception of items of jobbing printing such as advertisements, anonymous proclamations, and mortality bills, over half of all texts printed during our period were religious in content, and that even those that were not explicitly theological often invoked the presence of an allpowerful God, we are reminded of the historical and textual contexts in which the works of Shakespeare must be read: a context that is too easily ignored if the plays are read only alongside other dramatic texts, or selections of lyric verse.

This evidence, however, is inconclusive. Not only does Danter eventually up his price, declaring he will have Ingenioso’s “Chronicle 24 The Publishing Trade in Shakespeare’s Time of Cambridge Cuckolds” “whatsoever it cost,” it also seems that “40 shillings” was a colloquial term to describe any insignificant sum of money. In court records from the period, defendants or plaintiffs who describe themselves as being “worth little or nothing” will often estimate their wealth at 40 shillings. Somewhat paradoxically, the repeated invocation of this precise sum in complaints at stingy patrons, swipes at booksellers, and declarations of poverty serves to undermine its reliability as a historical source.

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