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Shakespeare, Wilhan

AS YOU LIKE IT

EDITED BY

J. C. SMITH, M.A. (EDIN.), B.A. (OXON.)
LECTURER IN OWENS COLLEGE, VICTORIA UNIVERSITY; SOMETIME EXHIBITIONER

OF TRINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD
CLASSICAL EXAMINER TO THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

BOSTON, U. S. A.
D. C. HEATH & CO., PUBLISHERS

1897

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TRANSFERRED TO HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

JUN 13 1921

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 thari the matter-of-fact order of scholar-

ship. Aesthetic 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 Appen-
dices 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 : the only omissions made are those that are
unavoidable in an edition likely to be used by young students.

By the systematic arrangement of the introductory matter,
and by close attention to typographical details, every effort
has been made to provide an edition that will prove con-
venient in use.

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