William J. Rolfe


Excerpt from Shakespeare's: Comedy of Much Ado About Nothing

This edition of Much Ado About Nothing, having been prepared on the same plan as its ten predecessors in the series, needs no lengthy preface. The text is mainly that of the quarto of 1600, which (see p. 10) is generally to be preferred to that of the folio of 1623 where the two do not agree. For the readings of the quarto and the other early editions, I have depended in most cases on the collation in the "Cambridge" edition.

In the Notes, as a rule, credit is given to the authorities followed. The apparent exceptions to the rule are only apparent. A good part of my material is prepared before consulting other editions (except a few of the standard ones); and when I come to examine these I often find, as might be expected, that some of my illustrations have already been used.

References and quotations taken from other editions have been verified whenever this was possible, and sundry typographical and other errors have thus been detected. I fear that my own work may not be wholly free from such slips, and I shall be very grateful to any reader who will help me to correct them.

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