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PlayShakespeare.com: The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resource
PlayShakespeare.com: The Ultimate Free Shakespeare Resource

The Merchant of Venice Overview

The Merchant of Venice Overview

  • Category: Comedy
  • Period written: 1594-1597
  • First known performance: 1598
  • Number of lines: 2662
  • Number of scenes: 20
  • Total Characters: 23
  • Prose/Verse: 21%/79%
  • Folios: Folio 1 (1632), Folio 2 (1632), Folio 3 (1663-4), Folio 4 (1685)
  • Quartos: Quarto 1 (1600), Quarto 2 (1619), Quarto 3 (1637)
  • Possible Sources: Gesta Romanorum (Sir. F. Madden, c. 1290–1310), Il Novellino (Masuccio, 1476), Il Pecorone (Ser Giovanni Fiorentino, 1558), Zelauto or The Fountaine of Fame (Anthony Munday, 1580), The Three Ladies of London (R. W., 1584), The Orator (A. Silvayn, 1596), The Jew of Malta (Christopher Marlowe, 1633)

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