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The Merry Wives of Windsor

The Merry Wives of Windsor Overview

  • Category: Comedy
  • Period written: 1597
  • First known performance: April 23, 1597 (for Queen Elizabeth at the Garter Feast)
  • Number of lines: 2612
  • Number of scenes: 23
  • Total Characters: 25
  • Prose/Verse: 87%/13%
  • Folios: Folio 1 (1623), Folio 2 (1632), Folio 3 (1663-4), Folio 4 (1685)
  • Quartos: Quarto 1 ("bad quarto") (1602), Quarto 2 ("bad quarto") (1619), Quarto 3 (1630)
  • Possible Sources: Metamorphoses (Ovid, 8 A.D.), Endimion (John Lyly, 1591), Tarltons Newes out of Purgatorie (Anonymous, 1590), Riche his Farewell to Militarie Profession (Barnaby Riche, 1581), Il Pecorone (Ser Giovanni Fiorentino, 1558), England as Seen by Foreigners (W. B. Rye, c. 1558–1617), The Governor of Dieppe in Trouble (Sir John Levenson, Unknown)

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