Author talk:William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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Why in God's name is Glaucester(or however you spell it) spelled Gloster? I know that's how it's pronounced, but that's not how you spell it. unsigned comment by (talk) .

Where is it spelled like that? —dto 04:03, 10 September 2006 (UTC)
The modern spelling is 'Gloucester' but 'Gloster' and 'Glouster' are used in the First Folio, the earliest published edition of Shakespeare's plays. Shakespeare was writing long before standardised spelling, and even had several ways of spelling his own name. AP unsigned comment by (talk) 21:24, 28 September 2006.

Text versionEdit

Which version of Shakespeare's plays is this? ie Who originally edited and published this particular version of the text? Moby? Yale? Oxford? Arden? Penguin? unsigned comment by (talk) 21:10, 28 September 2006.

I have noticed the same thing. None of the plays I looked at cited a source either. This is particularly problematic with works of Shakespeare, due to the issues of textual tramission. Also, there's a good chance that the edition that was used is copyrighted. Webbbbbbber 22:51, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

In light of this, I am in the process of adding Fidelity tags to all Shakespearean works here. See WS:S#Shakespeare edition for further discussion. Webbbbbbber 17:05, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

completing the list of worksEdit

Over on the pedia, List of Shakespeare's works is being listed for deletion. I dont think it is necessary for Wikipedia to hold a list as well, but more importantly, the list there has a few entries not found here; I found these ones missing:

I think it is important that we have a complete list of works on the author page, even if they are red links. John Vandenberg 09:51, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

Sonnet headerEdit

There appears to be a problem with the first couple of sonnets I looked at, eg Sonnet 38 (Shakespeare). The links seemed to be messed up. I hope I'm asking in the right place, I will post at the scriptorium if this is missed. I am also happy to help - if I can. Cygnis insignis 01:09, 16 September 2007 (UTC)

This problem was caused with Pathoschild (talkcontribs) moved all of the Sonnets to different names. I have updated Sonnet 38[1]; you could help by changing all of the sonnets in the same way. John Vandenberg 03:46, 16 September 2007 (UTC)
Thanks John, I'll do that. I don't have any scripts (handmade edits only), but I can read them again as I go. Regards, Cygnis insignis 05:20, 16 September 2007 (UTC)
Actually, there is a couple of things I would change. Has there been any discussion on the best way of presenting them? Better to ask now, before I start. Cygnis insignis 05:38, 16 September 2007 (UTC)
There is some discussion on Talk:The Sonnets; my changes to 38 are as far as I know the best way of presenting poetry (technically), however if you have style idea's for them you should raise them on that talk page. (I'm watching that page so we can continue this discussion there) John Vandenberg 06:55, 16 September 2007 (UTC)
Ta, I made a suggestion there. Cygnis insignis 14:46, 16 September 2007 (UTC)

Troilus and Cressida a history?Edit

Does Yale really put Troilus and Cressida with the histories? I've never heard such a description put forth. That its title includes the word "history" does not make it a history play. John Kenney 05:28, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Yale counts Troilus and Cressida as a tragedy. See [2]. I've changed it. Thanks for spotting that. Cowardly Lion 13:40, 3 January 2008 (UTC)


See Talk:A Lover's Complaint. John Vandenberg (chat) 08:44, 13 June 2008 (UTC)

Notes in worksEdit

There are quite a few of Shakespeare's works which do not have an intro or notes. Although this is not required, it adds useful information and background for the reader. Information is readily available on most of these works from Wikipedia, since they are inherently notable. I'll add a few myself, but help is appreciated. :) - Mtmelendez 13:37, 13 June 2008 (UTC)