All's Well That Ends Well
A Reproduction from the Original 1623 First Folio
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This facsimile edition of All's Well That Ends Well is taken from the large and handsome book known simply as the ‘First Folio’. This is the earliest collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays and was was printed in 1623, just seven years after his death.
For students of All's Well That Ends Well, going back to these First Folio plays is an essential part of a more complete understanding of Shakespeare's work.
Eighteen of Shakespeare’s plays had already been published in the small, cheap format known as quartos during his lifetime, including such favourites as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. The First Folio added another eighteen, including Macbeth, The Tempest and Twelfth Night all of which are indispensable to the modern repertory. Without the First Folio only half of Shakespeare’s dramatic output would have survived.
All's Well That Ends Well is classified as one of Shakespeare's comedies, but it's tragic elements put it into another category - that of his "problem plays" that are neither one thing nor the other. It is based on a tale from Boccaccio's 'Decameron' and was written in 1604 or 1605.
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