John Gilbert,
The Plays of William Shakespeare, ca. 1849; oil on canvas, 41.5 × 50.25 in (105.4 × 127.6 cm)

In 2007, Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen, in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company, published William Shakespeare: Complete Works. The choice of plays was based on the First Folio of 1623 and its assumption that Shakespeare had a major hand in thirty-six plays. Only two plays not in the First Folio gained admission to the Bate/Rasmussen canon: Pericles, in which George Wilkins was the co-author, and The Two Noble Kinsmen, in which Shakespeare collaborated with John Fletcher. The third edition of the First Folio,...


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