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Prologue: Shakespeare’s early life and the origins of commercial theatre (1576–1592)

Bart van Es

in Shakespeare in Company

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199569311
eISBN:
9780191744945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569311.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

The prologue briefly describes Shakespeare’s early years and education, stressing how comparable the dramatist’s origins are to those of contemporary poet-playwrights like Marlowe, Kyd, and Greene. ... More


<i>King Lear</i> and its Origins

John Kerrigan

in Shakespeare's Originality

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198793755
eISBN:
9780191835681
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198793755.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, Drama

The agreed, major sources of King Lear are the anonymous history play King Leir and Sidney’s Arcadia. To these and other early modern ‘originals’ this chapter adds classical tragedies by Seneca, ... More


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