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The first part of the 'All the world's a stage' speech

Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
The Plays of William Shakespeare. London: C. Bathurst, J. Beecroft, W. Strahan, et al., 1773. 10 Volumes.
Call Number: (SPL)(SHAK) PR 2752 .J7 1773
Special Collections, Golda Meir Library

This relatively slender volume containing As You Like It, from the 10 volume set edited by Dr. Samuel Johnson and George Steevens, is the first in the series of editions "cum notis variorum" (with notes by various people). This and subsequent early variorum editions are icons of the Shakespeare research industry. This third volume contains four plays and accompanying commentary. Note Jaques' "All the world's a stage" speech: in this edition, three critics discuss two lines from this speech.

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