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HW HEWET, AFTER DESIGNS BY KENNY MEADOWS, HARVEY, AND OTHERS

EDITED

BY GULIAN C. VER PLANCK, LL.D.

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WITH

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

IN THREE VOLUMES.

V O L U ME J.-HISTORI E S.

NEW YORK:

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS,

92 CLIFF STREET

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

eight hundred and forty-seven, by

HARPER & BROTHERS,

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

of New York.

ERICA LIBRE

NEW YORK

[To be slipt into any copy of Shakspere.]

THE ORDER OF SHAKSPERE'S PLAYS.

Me FURNIVALL's Introduction to the Leopold Shakspere, Cassell & Co., 10s. 6d.,
gives his order and groups of the Plays and Poems as follows:-
FIRST PERIOD (? 1588-1594).

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

Shakspere's Sonnets (? 1592-1608). tity Group (Tit. Andr. not Shakspero's).

THIRD PERIOD (1601-1608).
Love's Labour's Lost (? 1588-9); Error8

(? 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 Caesar (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).

e. The 2nd Ingratitude and Cursing Group. SECOND PERIOD (? 1595-1601).

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

FOURTH PERIOD (? 1608-1613). b. A Farce : The Taming of the Shrero (21596-7)All plays of Re-union, of Reconciliation, and c. The 3 Comedies of Falstaff, with the 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. Thc 3 Sunny. or Sweet-Time Comedies, Doubtful Plays: The Two Noble Kinsmen

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

(1594), none of it Shakspere's.

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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

sadness. Bitter, dark. Measure for Measure. 1 Henry VI. } (blood and fire).

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. EARLY COMEDIES.

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

Errors.

Ambition and murder. Macbeth, Theo 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. 8. LATER COMEDY.

11. ROMANCES. Group (a.) Rough and boisterous comedy.

Sketch Marina (1st Tempest).
Shrew. (No sadness.) Merry Wipes.

Tempest (Tempest again).
Cymbeline.

Winter's Tale.
(6.) Refined, joyous, romantic.
Musical Ticelfth Night.

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

Henry VIII. Two Noble Kinsmen.

Observo 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. b. c.
Tragedy: a. b. c.

History: a. b. c.

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