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The Authorship of Shakespeare's Plays : A Socio-linguistic Study - Jonathan Hope

The Authorship of Shakespeare's Plays

A Socio-linguistic Study

Hardcover Published: 26th August 1994
ISBN: 9780521417372
Number Of Pages: 212

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This book introduces a new method for determining the authorship of Renaissance plays. Based on the rapid rate of change in English grammar in the late sixteenth- and early-seventeenth centuries, socio-historical linguistic evidence allows us to distinguish the hands of Renaissance playwrights within play texts. The present study focuses on Shakespeare: his collaborations with Fletcher and Middleton; and the apocryphal plays. Among the plays examined are Henry VIII, The Two Noble Kinsmen, Macbeth, Pericles, and Sir Thomas More. The findings of the book allow us to be more confident about the divisions of the collaborative plays, and confirm the status of Edward III as a strong candidate for inclusion in the canon. Using graphs to present statistical data in a readily comprehensible form, the book also contains a wealth of information about the history of the English language during a period of rapid and far-reaching change.

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"The patience with which Hope has assembled and evaluated his data is matched by the tact with which he applies it." Times Literary Supplement "...an interesting study..." Cryptologia

List of tables and graphs
List of Abbreviations
The auxiliary 'do'
Relative markers
'Thou' and 'you'
Shakespeare as collaborator
The Shakespeare apocrypha
Summary of findings
Statistical appendix
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ISBN: 9780521417372
ISBN-10: 0521417376
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 26th August 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.28  x 2.21
Weight (kg): 0.41