William Shakespeare and Others: Collaborative Plays
As the companion to the UK best-seller, The RSC Shakespeare: Complete Works, William Shakespeare and Others: Collaborative Plays brings together the hotly disputed body of plays known as 'The Shakespeare Apocrypha' for the first time in over one hundred years.
With claims and counter-claims for Shakespeare's authorship being made, discussed and disputed, leading Shakespeare scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen present detailed reasoning for all of the inclusions and exclusions of these plays. As the first ever Shakespeare collection to include the 1602 edition of Thomas Kyd's pioneering play The Spanish Tragedy, this ground-breaking volume marks a recognition of Shakespeare as a working man of the theatre and a collaborative author, not simply a solitary genius.
William Shakespeare and Others: Collaborative Plays was awarded the Falstaff Award for Best Book of 2013.
Praise for William Shakespeare and Others: The Collaborative Plays:
The ten plays collected in William Shakespeare & Others are worth serious attention …it is difficult to imagine anyone seriously interested in Shakespeare who would not want to read these plays…Bate and Rasmussen deserve our gratitude for re-presenting these fascinating dramas so handsomely and conveniently for today's readership - Standpoint
A major edition of collaborative plays bearing the Bard's name. - The Observer
Eminent Shakespeare scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen have collected 10 plays known as The Shakespeare Apocrypha for the first time in more than 100 years…this major new edition of collaborative plays has the only scene from any play to survive in Shakespeare's own handwriting - The Birmingham Post
This is the definitive account of what else [Shakespeare] lent his genius to - Stratford Observer
The greatness of Shakespeare's art has misled many readers imagining that his genius was somehow beyond history. Among the virtues of William Shakespeare & Others is that it corrects that misapprehension. Shakespeare was firmly of his age in the way he wrote and worked…the evidence of collaboration demonstrates that the author was a jobbing playwright - The Times
The volume offers us a provocative glimpse of a world in which authorship is communal and complex, and thereby takes us further along the road towards properly understanding Shakespeare as, in the fullest sense, a man of the theatre - Around the Globe