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John Jones

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198186885

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186885.001.0001

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The One Manuscript: Sir Thomas More

The One Manuscript: Sir Thomas More

(p.7) 1 The One Manuscript: Sir Thomas More
Shakespeare at Work

John Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on ‘The Book of Sir Thomas More’ and the evidence that three pages of its manuscript are written by Shakespeare. The play ran into official censorship difficulties, and was judged offensive as a result of contemporary feeling and the violent manifestation of that feeling against the many foreign refugees living in working in London towards the end of the century. In its second development, the text of the play was changed. With the rewriting, the effort was collaborative and Shakespeare was one those involved. There are three examples of evidence that Shakespeare was involved beyond any reasonable doubt: handwriting, spelling, and style.

Keywords:   The Book of Sir Thomas More, manuscript, Shakespeare, authorship, handwriting, spelling, style

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