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Shakespeare's Hand in the Play of Sir Thomas More Alfred W. Pollard

Shakespeare's Hand in the Play of Sir Thomas More By Alfred W. Pollard

Shakespeare's Hand in the Play of Sir Thomas More by Alfred W. Pollard


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This 1923 publication supports the claim that three pages of the British Museum's manuscript of Sir Thomas More were written in Shakespeare's own hand. With contributions by five leading bibliographers, this book presents ample evidence for the case through careful analysis of palaeography, writing style and thematic content.

Shakespeare's Hand in the Play of Sir Thomas More Summary

Shakespeare's Hand in the Play of Sir Thomas More by Alfred W. Pollard

First published in 1923, this book consists of a series of papers written by Pollard, W. W. Greg, E. Maunde Thompson, J. Dover Wilson, and R. W. Chambers, all advocates of the then newly-established New Bibliography. The book was assembled with the intention of strengthening the argument that three pages of Sir Thomas More in the Harleian Manuscript at the British Museum were written in Shakespeare's own hand. The well-established scholars examine the case from several different angles, considering the handwriting in comparison to the known versions of Shakespeare's signature, the bibliographical links between these three pages and the 'good' quartos, and the content of the pages in relation to political ideas expressed elsewhere in Shakespeare. The volume also includes plates of Shakespeare's signatures, analysis of individual letter shapes and parts of the manuscript, and a special transcript of the pages in question.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction A. W. Pollard; 2. The handwritings of the manuscript W. W. Greg; 3. The handwriting of the three pages attributed to Shakespeare compared with his signatures Sir E. Maunde Thompson; 4. Bibliographical links between the three pages and the good quartos J. Dover Wilson; 5. The expression of ideas - particularly political ideas - in the three pages and in Shakespeare R. W. Chambers; 6. Ill May Day. Scenes from the play of Sir Thomas More, text edited by W. W. Greg; 7. Special transcript of the three pages W. W. Greg.

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NLS9781108015356
9781108015356
1108015352
Shakespeare's Hand in the Play of Sir Thomas More by Alfred W. Pollard
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2010-06-17
264
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