A Complete View of the Shakspere Controversy
by Clement Mansfield Ingleby (9780217907774)

A Complete View of the Shakspere Controversy
Clement Mansfield Ingleby
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 94
Category: Shakespeare
ISBN: 9780217907774
ISBN-10: 0217907776

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: COMPLETE VIEW THE SHAKSPERE CONTROVERSY. CHAPTER I. The Beidge-watee Folio. Till within the last score years, the only pre- Authority sumed authority to which editors of Shakspere's copies. works had recourse, for the regulation or emendation of the text, was the printed text of the early quarto and folio editions of his plays, and the early impressions of his poems and sonnets. The text of a play founded on one of the folios, or on a quarto, was received as, in a certain sense, authoritative; and an eclectic text, formed on several early editions of the same play, though perhaps looked upon with some suspicion, was still regarded as having some claim to authority. Beyond such quasi-authoritative sources of the text, lay nothing but the region of conjecture. Conjecture, it is true, especially in the case of such a critic as Lewis Theobald, from the singular felicity and discretion with which it was employed, or from the perfect and absolute fitness of a proposed reading to the utmost exigence of the context, was a very frequent source of readings which maintained an unquestioned place in the te,xt of Shakspere, and were regarded with as much admiration and respect as the most authoritative readings?in a word, they were received as authentic. State of the To enable my readers to understand the condition text of the old . J copies. in which an old editor found the text of Shakspere, it is necessary that I should call his attention to a few details of only technical interest. Shakspere wrote for the boards, and not for the table. The Globe Theatre was his book; and his admirers used their ears and eyes conjointly in the perusal of his immortal dramas. He died, and made no sign indicative of a care for the preservation of his works as classics for posterity. Up to a...

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