Macdonald P. Jackson

in The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199566105
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature


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This article examines the style and significance of The Two Noble Kinsmen, the sole extant play for which there is clear external evidence of Shakespeare's collaboration with another dramatist, Fletcher; All is True and Cardenio; Shakespeare's collaborative plays from 1605 to 1607 with George Wilkins and with Thomas Middleton, his early collaborations; and early plays not collected in the First Folio of 1623. The normal division of labour was by scenes or substantial stretches of text. There is little evidence that Shakespeare and a co-author ever engaged in joint composition of individual speeches. Shakespeare wrote mainly poetic drama and his greatness as a dramatist is inseparable from his greatness as a poet.

Keywords: Shakespeare Folio; collaborative plays; George Wilkins; Thomas Middleton; All is True; Fletcher; Cardenio; Two Noble Kinsmen; poetic drama

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Subjects: Literature ; Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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