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Yeah, the early plays aren't up to much...
BrokenTune 3 years ago
It's still fascinating to see the plays develop over time, tho. It was the same with the Greene novels...the early ones were pretty rubbish, but then at some point there was a clear break where greatness set in. ;) I'm curious whether it will be a similar development here.
There's a point where he went from sub-Marlow to superior Shakespeare but like you say, it's a gradual process...great speeches start appearing, then great plays...
BrokenTune 3 years ago
Nice! That is exactly what I am hoping for. :)
That's one of the benefits of the editors' choice to go by (probable) publication order -- even without a lot of editorial contents, there is so much to discover that way.

That said, I do recommend reading the editorial apparatus at the beginning of the book for perspective on Shakespeare's work as such and its perception by his contemporaries.
BrokenTune 3 years ago
I've read the notes and comments at the front. Much of it was a great reminder of what Wells had included in his biography (mental note: must ask my mum to send me the book...). It is likely that I'll re-read the editorial comments again a bit further into the plays, as developments become more apparent, but so far I am pretty happy with the Oxford edition and having the plays produced by (possible) publication date.
Can yougive the title of the wells bio, please?
"Shakespeare: For All Time" and "Shakespeare: A Life in Drama"

He's also the editor of the "Aspects of Shakespeare" series, of various other companions to Shakespeare and his works, and he's written a very accessible book on the world of the Elizabethan theatre ("Shakespeare And Co.: Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Dekker, Ben Johnson, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher And The Other Players In His Story").
Thanks! Wish-list expands even further...
It probably will yet more once you've started reading Wells. Or that, at least, was my experience ...
I added three or four of his books...
That's a pretty good start! :)