Chronicle I bistor of I kino Xetr 1605 The original of this facsimile reprint is in the British Museum and is catalogued C. 34, .n. In this copy folios C2 and C$ are missing, and are made up in manuscript. These pages are here supplied from another but inferior copy in the King s Library, which is cut rather close, and is more stained than the former. King Leir was entered on the Stationers Books May ith, 1594, by Edward White The most famous Chronicle History of Leir King of England and his three daughters. The 1605 edition was entered May 8th, 1605, by Simon Stafford (see A rber). The play was, conjecturally, written late in 1588, or early in 1589, and was in all likelihood staged shortly afterwards. The play was published anonymously and has been variously attributed to Kyd, Lodge, Marlowe, Greene and Peele, to the last-named without much cause; the work is also regarded by many as too poor for Marlowe :the consensus of opinion divides the authorship jointly between Greene, Kyd, and Lodge. The traces (almost obliterated) of writing on the title-page are (see Halliwell-P hillipps, Outlines p. 344; first written by Mr. William Shakespeare. This note is devoid of authority.
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