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By Peter Kirwan

as well as the thirty-six performs of the 1st Folio, a few 80 performs were attributed in entire or half to William Shakespeare, but so much are infrequently learn, played or mentioned. This publication, the 1st to confront the results of the 'Shakespeare Apocrypha', asks how and why those performs have traditionally been excluded from the canon. Innovatively combining techniques from booklet background, theatre historical past, attribution reviews and canon thought, Peter Kirwan unveils the historic assumptions and ideas that formed the development of the Shakespeare canon. Case reports deal with performs similar to Sir Thomas extra, Edward III, Arden of Faversham, Mucedorus, Double Falsehood and A Yorkshire Tragedy, displaying how the performs' contested 'Shakespearean' prestige has formed their fortunes. Kirwan's publication rethinks the impression of authorial canons at the remedy of nameless and disputed plays.

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