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Full Title of the Plays of Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0631  Monday, 8 March 2004

From:           Peter Bridgman <
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Date:           Friday, 5 Mar 2004 20:06:16 -0000
Subject: 15.0617 Full Title of the Plays of Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0617 Full Title of the Plays of Shakespeare

 >My question is: How is the full title of the plays of Shakespeare?
 >
 >Example:
 >"King Lear" - TRUE CHRONICLE HISTORY OF THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KING LEAR
 >AND HIS THREE DAUGHTERS

I don't know about other Complete Shakespeare editions, but Oxford and
Norton list the plays under their original titles (with modern spelling
of course).  As in:

THE MOST EXCELLENT AND LAMENTABLE TRAGEDY OF ROMEO AND JULIET THE
COMICAL HISTORY OF THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, OR OTHERWISE CALLED THE JEW
OF VENICE.

Do we know if these long titles came from WS, or from the printer?
Brevity being the soul of wit, one suspects the latter.

Peter Bridgman

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