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A great deal of revisionary Shakespeare editing has taken place in the past two decades, and gradually a general consensus has developed around many of the plays with authorship or textual difficulties. For The Two Noble Kinsmen the only possible copy-text, the 1634 quarto, has received nearly four hundred years' worth of proposed emendations to its apparent confusions or errors. Most recent work on the play's authorship has debated only a few scenes (e.g., 1.4-5, 3.2). Cyrus Hoy's 1960 division of the play, presented in "The Shares of Fletcher and his collaborators in the Beaumont and Fletcher canon," was supported in 1994 by Jonathan Hope in The Authorship of Shakespeare's Plays: A Socio-linguistic Study. T. B. Horton's "Distinguishing Shakespeare from Fletcher through function words," published in the same year (Shakespeare Studies 22: 314-35), added 2.3 and 4.3 to possible Shakespeare portions; but, as Lois Potter suggests in her new Arden edition, linguistic similarities between sections may result from one collaborator adjusting the work of another. Thus scholars and general readers will welcome Potter's edition not for its radical revision of textual history or authorial attribution but for its balanced discussion of the nature of the collaboration; for its provocative, sometimes quirky introduction and notes; and for its democratic openness to all forms of contemporary interpretation.

Gossett, Suzanne "The Arden Shakespeare The Two Noble Kinsmen (review)" Shakespeare Quarterly - Volume 52, Number 1, Spring 2001, pp. 135-138 The Johns Hopkins University Press
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