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Internet Shakespeare Editions

A List of Texts by Version (Quarto and Folio)

Listings are also available by alphabetical arrangement and by chronology.

As originally published, Shakespeare's plays include several in which there are significant differences between the quarto versions -- most published in Shakespeare's lifetime -- and those published in the First Folio, seven years after his death. In other cases the Folio text was simply printed from a copy of the quarto. In addition, a group of eighteen plays that were published in the Folio for the first time and therefore survive only in the Folio version. Some quarto texts are radically different from their Folio counterparts (such as the quarto and Folio texts of Henry V). Recent scholarship has suggested that these texts often provide unique insights into the actual performance of the plays.

Some quartos appear to represent different states of the plays rather than inaccurate recording of them, but they differ markedly from the Folio versions. The listing indicates those texts in which there is a marked difference between quarto and Folio.