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1 a large forest in Warwickshire often referred to in romantic literature;

2 the forest which is the setting for the pastoral parts of Shakespeare's As You Like It, often assumed to be identical with 1. but also suggesting the forest of Arden north‐east of Bordeaux and (more traditionally) the forest of Ardennes in what is now Belgium;

3 the surname of Shakespeare's mother Mary;

4 based on 1. and 2., the distinguishing name of a series of scholarly editions of Shakespeare's plays initiated by W. J. Craig and R. H. Case in 1899, and revised under the general editorship of Una Ellis‐Fermor, H. F. Brooks, H. Jenkins, and Brian Morris from 1951 onwards.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

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