The Sources of Shakespeare's Plays

1st Edition

Kenneth Muir

Routledge
Published February 25, 2009
Reference - 332 Pages
ISBN 9780415489133 - CAT# Y103817

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Summary

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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