Arden of Faversham

MacDonald P. Jackson

in Determining the Shakespeare Canon

Published in print June 2014 | ISBN: 9780198704416
Published online August 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191795299 | DOI:
Arden of Faversham

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This chapter exposes the weaknesses in arguments against Shakespeare’s co-authorship of Arden of Faversham and ends with a summary of the evidence for. It counters, one by one, points made by Martin Wiggins in A Woman Killed with Kindness and Other Domestic Plays; shows that some anomalous features of the 1592 quarto of the play fall into patterns supporting the Craig–Kinney allocation of scenes in Arden; and considers at length the possibility that Arden was written entirely by a playwright from whom no other dramatic work survives. Taken as a whole, the evidence points to Shakespeare’s having been a co-author of the play. The implications for understanding of Shakespeare’s beginnings as a dramatist are briefly outlined.

Keywords: counter-arguments; Martin Wiggins; conclusions; Shakespeare’s beginnings

Chapter.  10034 words. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism ; Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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