Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0194. Sunday, 6 March 1994.
Date: Saturday, 05 Mar 1994 16:45:17 EST
Subject: Popularity of the Plays
Concerning the popularity of Shakespearean plays, Gerald Eades Bentley suggests
>...Slightly more than half his <Shakespeare's> dramatic work had never been
printed before his death (169).
> _Richard II_ was one of Shakespeare's more popular plays; and before his
death it had been more than four times reprinted (175).
> _Richard III_ was even more popular with readers than _Richard II_ (175),
> The first eight plays of Shakespeare to appear in print did not seem to their
publishers apt to derive any advantage from the display of his name (177).
Bentley, Gerald Eades. _Shakespeare: A Biographical Handbook_. Third Printing.
New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 1964.