Shakespeare’s plays were published together seven years after his death, in the First Folio of 1623 (F). Both All’s Well that Ends Well and Measure for Measure were printed among the Comedies in F for the first time, and editors regard the texts of these plays as not very ‘good’: there are inconsistencies in character-names and stage directions, some oddly-plotted moments (such as the ten seconds allowed for Isabella to explain the bed-trick to Mariana, in Measure for Measure), and a few commonly identified ‘textual problems’ where editors suspect either the hand of another author or a reviser, or simply that the original from which the printers worked was garbled or illegible.
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