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The Puritaine Widow

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Title

The Puritaine Widow

Description

This play has tempted Shakespeare scholars since it was published because of the initials on the title page, and was even included in the second impression of the Third Folio. It is part of what is known as the Shakespeare Apocrypha: plays which are attributed, with various degrees of agreement and amounts of evidence, to Shakespeare either entirely or in part. The membership of this group has changed over time as Shakespeare researchers use various techniques--from close analysis of the text of the play to records from Elizabethan London--to ascertain the truth. Unfortunately, modern scholarship rejects Shakespeare’s authorship of this play: it is now attributed to Thomas Middleton.

Creator

Thomas Middleton

Publisher

G. Eld

Date

1607

Identifier

Philips Collection 42

Original Format

Book

Citation

Thomas Middleton, “The Puritaine Widow,” Shakespeare in his time and for all time, accessed November 19, 2019, https://ds-carbonite.haverford.edu/shakespeare/items/show/16.