Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare

The complete text of eleven major editions of Shakespeare's works from the First Folio to the Cambridge edition of 1863-6, twenty-four separate contemporary printings of individual plays, selected apocrypha and related works and more than 100 adaptations, sequels and burlesques from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare opens up new prospects for the Shakespeare scholar. It brings together a carefully balanced and unique collection of editions and adaptations of Shakespeare's works for study individually or together.

You can search the text quickly and precisely within and across editions and display different versions simultaneously on screen. Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare provides a complete and accessible concordance to Shakespeare's works and enables different editions to be compared as never before.

Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare contains the First Folio of 1623 and the most important of the original quarto and octavo printings of individual plays, which between them are the focus of so much of the textual debate surrounding Shakespeare.

It is also an historical archive of Shakespeare editing. The major eighteenth- and nineteenth-century editions are included providing a history of the scholarly foundations of the modern Shakespeare text.

All the original editorial apparatus and accompanying pictures are included with each edition. Together these provide an invaluable record of the reception of and contemporary attitudes towards Shakespeare. Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare opens up these texts to investigation by literary theorists and cultural historians.

A wide selection of theatre adaptations enables further comparative studies. Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare includes the whole of Bell's Acting Edition (1778-9) of thirty-six plays and poems, and almost one hundred adaptations of individual plays by writers such as John Dryden, Nahum Tate, Colley Cibber and John Kemble.

1 CD-ROM July 1995