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Defining Shakespeare: Pericles as Test Case

MacDonald P. Jackson


‘That very great play, Pericles’, as T. S. Eliot called it, poses formidable problems of text and authorship. The first of the Late Romances, it was ascribed to Shakespeare when printed in a quarto of 1609, but was not included in the First Folio (1623) collection of his plays. This book examines rival theories about the quarto's origins and offers compelling evidence that Pericles is the product of collaboration between Shakespeare and the minor dramatist George Wilkins, who was responsible for the first two acts and for portions of the ‘brothel scenes’ in Act 4. Pericles serves as a test cas ... More

Keywords: text and authorship, Late Romances, quarto of 1609, First Folio collection, George Wilkins, brothel scenes, limits of Shakespeare's canon, stylometric texts, co-authors

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199260508
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260508.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

MacDonald P. Jackson, author
Professor of English, University of Auckland
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