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Munroe & Penis Edition.
Boston:

PRINTED BY MUNROE & FRANCIS,

1802.

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SHAKESPEARE's

Dramatick Works..

VOLUME, FIRST..

Containing
THE AUTHOR'S LIFE. MERRY WIVES OF WIND:
DR. JOHNSON'S PREFACE.

SOR.
TEMPEST.

MEASURE FOR MEASURE
TWO GENTLEMEN OF VE- COMEDY OF ERRORS.

RONA.

ILLUSTRATED WITH NOTES.

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SOME ACCOUNT

THE LIFE AND WRITINGS

3925 .1802

OF

v.1

OF

WILLIAM SHAKSPERE;

IT

T feems to be a kind of respect due to the memory of excellent men, efpecially of those whom their wit and learning have made famous, to deliver fome account of themselves, as well as their works, to posterity. For this reason, how fond do we fee fome people of difcovering any little perfonal ftory of the great men of antiquity! Their families, the common accidents of their lives, and even their shape, make, and features have been the fubject of critical enquiries. How trifling foever this curiofity may feem to be, it is certainly very natural; and we are hardly fatisfied with an account of any remarkable person, till we have heard him defcribed even to the very cloaths he wears. As to what relates to men of letters, the knowledge of an author may fometimes conduce to the better understanding his book: and though the works of Mr. Shakfpere may feem to many not to want a comment, yet I fancy fome little account of the man himself may not be thought improper to go along with them.

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WRITTEN BY N. ROWE, ESQ.

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