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THE A RD EN S HA KE S P E A RE
General Editor, C. H. HERFORD, Litt.D., University of Manchester

KING LEAR

EDITED BY

D. NICHOL SMITH, M.A.

EDINBURGH

AMERICAN EDITION

REVISED BY

ERNEST BERNBAUM, Ph.D.
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH, UNIVERSITY OF

ILLINOIS

D. C. HEATH & CO., PUBLISHERS
BOSTON
NEW YORK

CHICAGO

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THE ARDEN SHAKESPEARE

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.

Edited by Edmund K. Chambers, B.A., Oxford.
AS YOU LIKE IT.

Edited by J. C. Smith, M.A., Edinburgh.
CORIOLANUS.

Edited by Edmund K. Chambers, B.A., Oxford.
CYMBELINE.

Edited by A. J. Wyatt, M.A., Cambridge.
HAMLET.

Edited by Edmund K. Chambers, B.A., Oxford.
HENRY IV - FIRST PART.

Edited by F. W. Moorman, B.A., Yorkshire College
HENRY V.

Edited by G. C. Moore Smith, M.A., Cambridge.
HENRY VIII.

Edited by D. Nichol Smith, M.A., Edinburgh.
JULIUS CÆSAR.

Edited by Arthur D. Innes, M.A., Oxford.
KING JOHN.

Edited by G. C. Moore Smith, M.A., Cambridge.
KING LEAR.

Edited by D. Nichol Smith, M.A., Edinburgh.
MACBETH.

Edited by Edmund K. Chambers, B.A., Oxford.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

Edited by J. C. Smith, M.A., Edinburgh.
RICHARD II.

Edited by C. H. Herford, Litt.D., Cambridge.
RICHARD III.

Edited by George Macdonald, M.A., Oxford.
ROMEO AND JULIET.

Edited by Robert A. Law, Ph.D., Harvard.
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE.

Edited by H. L. Withers, B.A., Oxford.
HABATEMPEST.

Edited by F. S. Boas, M.A., Oxford.
THE WINTERS TALE.

Edited by H. B. Charlton, M.A., Manchester.
TWELFTH NIGHT.
Edited by Arthur D. Innes, M.A., Oxford.

The remaining volumes are in preparation,

COPYRIGHT, 1917, BY D. C. HEATH & Co.

GENERAL PREFACE

In this edition of SHAKESPEARE an attempt is made to present the greater plays of the dramatist in their literary aspect, and not merely as material for the study of philology or grammar. Criticism purely verbal and textual has only been included to such an extent as may serve to help the student in the appreciation of the essential poetry. Questions of date and literary history have been fully dealt with in the Introductions, but the larger space has been devoted to the interpretative rather than the matter-of-fact order of scholarship. Æsthetic judgments are never final, but the Editors have attempted to suggest points of view from which the analysis of dramatic motive and dramatic character may be profitably undertaken. In the Notes likewise, while it is hoped that all unfamiliar expressions and allusions have been adequately explained, yet it has been thought even more important to consider the dramatic value of each scene, and the part which it plays in relation to the whole. These general principles are common to the whole series; in detail each Editor is alone responsible for the play or plays that have been intrusted to him.

Every volume of the series has been provided with a Glossary, an Essay upon Metre, and an Index; and Appendices have been added upon points of special interest which could not conveniently be treated in the Introduction or the Notes. The text is based by the several Editors on that of the Globe edition.

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