These essays by scholars highlight the importance of the Shakespeare quarto texts for particular plays. They draw attention to specific differences between those texts and the later first folio texts that contribute to our understanding of Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear. They point out areas of interest and concern within the scholarly community.
No original manuscripts of Shakespeare’s plays survive; there is essentially only edited Shakespeare. The relationship between the author and the printed texts of these plays, while endlessly debated, is not certain. These scholars point to differences that raise questions about the dramatist, his contemporary audience, and the process of creating a lasting edition of these extraordinary works.