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The Oxford ShakespeareGeneral Editor Stanley WellsThe Oxford Shakespeare offers authoritative texts from leading scholars in editions designed to interpret and illuminate the works for modern readers- a new, modern-spelling text, collated and edited from all existing printings- on-page and facing-page commentary and notes explain language and allusions- detailed introductions consider the sonnets' biographical and literary background, how the poems relate to the plays, dating and textual matters, and the mysteries of 'Mr W. H.' and the 'Dark Lady'- includes poems attributed to Shakespeare in the seventeenth century- full index to introductions and commentary- durable sewn binding for lasting use'not simply a better text but a new conception of Shakespeare. This is a major achievement of twentieth-century scholarship.' Times Literary Supplement
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations Introduction Shakespeare the Poet Venus and Adonis Publication and Date of Composition Dedication Literary Milieu
Lucrece Publication and Date of Composition The Argument, Sources, and Politics Reading (in) Lucrece Rape and Consent
The Passionate Pilgrim 'Let the bird of loudest lay' Shakespeare's Sonnets Publication and Circulation Dedication Date and Sequence Sources Reading the Sonnets
A Lover's Complaint Date and Attribution The Poem and its Context
Poems Attributed to Shakespeare in the Seventeenth Century 'Shall I die?' A Funeral Elegy
Editorial Procedures Abbreviations and References
VENUS AND ADONIS LUCRECE THE PASSIONATE PILGRIM
'LET THE BIRD OF LOUDEST LAY' SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS A LOVER'S COMPLAINT
Appendix Poems Attributed to Shakespeare in the Seventeenth Century