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sure of their place. Indeed, the selection of all these twelve plays was so obvious as to demand little discrimination.

The text of each play has been derived from a careful comparison of the earliest quartos with the latest and most scholarly editions ; but the present editors have unhesitatingly omitted the so-called critical apparatus”

of variant readings and proposed emendations, for the same reason that they have shunned archaic spelling and pointing—as being entirely out of keeping with the design of the book.

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REPRESENTATIVE ENGLISH DRAMAS

FROM DRYDEN TO SHERIDAN

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