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THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

WITH ANNOTATIONS AND

A GENERAL INTRODUCTION
BY SIDNEY LEE

VOLUME V

AS YOU LIKE IT

WITH A SPECIAL INTRODUCTION BY GEORGE P. BAKER
AND AN ORIGINAL FRONTISPIECE BY J. WALTER WEST

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LIBRARY 7819

NEW YORK

HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1907

BY THE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Entered at Stationers' Hall, London
All Rights Reserved

THE UNIVERSITY PRESS, CAMBRIDGE, U.S.A.

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N more senses than one As You Like It" is an unusual play. In its own period it was unusual. In the corpus of Shakespeare's plays it is nearly unique. Technically, it is unusual.

Within the decade 1590-1600 "As You Like It" is unusual, because it is, roughly speaking, a pastoral play. In the strict sense of the word "pastoral," a play dealing wholly with the loves of shepherds and shepherdesses, and filled with details of their habits and sports, at least as conventionally represented in fiction, no specimen surely given on the public stage before 1600 survives. George Peele in his Arraignment of Paris (1581?), in the sub-plot of Colin and Thestylis, breaks but for the strictly pastoral play we must turn

the way,

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