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Title: Richard II (Quarto 1, 1597)

Author: William Shakespeare

Editor: Catherine Lisak

Coordinating Editor: Michael Best

Textual Editor: Eric Rasmussen

Associate Textual Editor: Don Bailey

Research Assistant: Alan Galey

ISBN: 978-1-55058-436-3

Editorial principles and publishing history: The transcript presented here follows the Quarto as exactly as an Internet version permits; word spacing is normalized, and modern forms are substituted for letters and ligatures that have no modern equivalent in current browsers (for example, the long 's'). This transcription normalizes different forms of the letter r, but otherwise it retains the old spelling of the original, and does not seek to correct errors of the original text. Even though periods and commas are put within italic tags there were no such italic pieces of type at that period in time.

The first surviving edition of Richard the Second is this quarto (1597); it is particularly interesting in that much of the 'abdication scene' (TLN 1977-2140) is omitted, presumably because it was too sensitive politically. The Folio text of 1623 restores the omitted passage, and may include some additional corrections.

This publication has been fully peer reviewed.