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Determining the Shakespeare Canon: Arden of Faversham and A Lover's Complaint

MacDonald P. Jackson


This book aims to solve two problems of the Shakespeare canon. It makes the case for adding Arden of Faversham, first published anonymously in 1592, to editions of Shakespeare’s Complete Works, as a play to which Shakespeare contributed. It shows that he was largely responsible for scenes 4–9, which constitute Act III in editions divided into acts. So it adds to the mounting evidence that early in his career Shakespeare collaborated with other playwrights in the writing of scripts, as was common at the time. The second half of the volume provides grounds for accepting that publisher Thomas Tho ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, attribution, Arden of Faversham, A Lover’s Complaint, stylometrics, databases

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198704416
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704416.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

MacDonald P. Jackson, author
Emeritus Professor of English, University of Auckland