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
It's called the First Folio, but it is only his collected plays. It does not include his poetry.
The first, official collection of Shakespeare's plays, commonly known as The First Folio, was entitled:Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies Histories & Tragedies
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The First Folio was the first Collected Works edition of Shakespeare's plays; it was the work of his fellow actors John Heminges and Henry Condell, and came out in 1623, some seven years after Shakespeare's death. However, many of the plays had been published earlier. A "first edition" of Romeo and Juliet would be dated 1597.
the first folio
I first found Shakespeare's plays when I was introduced to them at school.
The first, official collection of Shakespeare's plays was titled "Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories & Tragedies" and was published in London in 1623. The word "folio" describes the size of paper on which it was printed, and this edition is known as "The First Folio" to distinguish it from earlier unnofficial editions of the plays which were printed on quarto sized paper.
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None. None of Shakespeare's plays survive in manuscript form, only in printed copies.