Revision of Writings For the Press

 

Many of the "Shakespeare" plays were revised and re-revised by the author before they were printed, and also between successive editions.

From the publication of "The Taming of the Shrew" in 1594 up to the date of the First Folio in 1623, 4,936 new lines were added to the plays, the majority of these new lines being added after the death of Will Shaksper in 1616.

Is it a coincidence that Francis Bacon re-wrote and revised all his prose writings a great number of times, and that in the case of both Bacon and "Shakespeare" the work of revision culminated in or about 1623--seven years after Will Shaksper's death?

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