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The Works of William Shakespeare

Foremost in the Perseus Garner are the works of William Shakespeare. Our primary edition is based on the famous Globe Shakespeare, the one-volume version of the great Cambridge Shakespeare (1891-3) edited by W. G. Clark, J. Glover, and W. A. Wright. The Cambridge Shakespeare was the reference edition well into the twentieth century, and many important works of scholarship are keyed to it.

The Garner also contains volumes from the magisterial New Variorum Shakespeare Series, the pre-eminent critical edition of Shakespeare's works begun by Howard Furness in the nineteenth century and continuing to this day. Each volume includes a fully collated edition of Shakespeare's text with line-by-line commentary and an extensive appendix containing textual histories, sources of the work, actors' interpretations, and a wide sampling of criticism. The New Variorum Shakespeare comprises twenty-two volumes, of which three—Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and Coriolanus—are presently included in the Garner. Eventually the collection will contain the entire series.

Of particular interest to textual scholars will be our electronic facsimile of the First Folio, the compilation of Shakespeare's dramatic works published by fellow actors John Heminges and Henry Condell in 1623. Through arrangement with the Special Collections Department at Brandeis University, we have scanned the entire seventeenth-century edition at very high resolution and keyed each page image to act, scene, and line number.

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