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When Shakespeare Wrote

1606: Shakespeare and the Year of Lear by James Shapiro Simon & Schuster, 2015, 448 pages, $39.99 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare by James Shapiro Faber & Faber, 2006, 464 pages, $19.99   When my generation began teaching and studying Shakespeare we took the editions of the plays for granted. Little or nothing was taught about the Quartos that appeared in Shakespeare’s lifetime or the Folio edition of his plays published in 1623 shortly after his death. I recall one imperious English mistress proclaiming, “We are studying this text”, as though that resolved any inconsistencies in…

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