Baker & Taylor Argues the case for naming Shakespeare as the author of "Edward III," and presents the text of the play with an introduction and notes
Blackwell North Amer Edward III was first published, anonymously, in 1596. Though most scholars now discern Shakespeare's hand in the play, academic uncertainties over 'collaboration', 'plagiarism' and 'memorial reconstruction' have kept it firmly outside the canon. Now Eric Sams, whose The Real Shakespeare confirmed the playwright as a writer of popular plays from an early age as well as an assiduous reviser of his own work, offers a fastidious new edition that authenticates Edward III as Shakespeare's own, unaided work. As well as Shakespeare's full text, this edition includes a detailed synopsis, copious notes for the general reader, and a conspectus of previous commentary. In particular it presents a close analysis of many hundreds of resemblances classified under some thirty headings (such as antithesis, Biblical and classical reference, imagery, favourite topics, vocabulary, word-play, manuscript characteristics, and canonical parallels) that together identify the author beyond reasonable doubt. Four hundred years after its first appearance, Edward III is at last restored to the stage, the literary world, the public, and to William Shakespeare himself.