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When were Shakespeare's plays first collected and printed?

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December 23, 2008 2:15PM

William Shakespeare lived from 1564 till 1616, and the first edition of his collected plays appeared in 1623. This edition, usually called the 'First Folio' was prepared by two actors who had worked with Shakespeare, John Heminges and Henry Condell. It does not contain the sonnets. Please note that eighteen of Shakespeare's plays had already been published individually in his lifetime. The overall subject is complicated, but I hope that this helps. Joncey