Excerpt from The Works of Shakespeare: Macbeth The Editor is t responsible for the text of this play as printed in this edition. The text, he is informed, is substantially that of Delius as edited by the late W. J. Craig in his Little Quarto Shakespeare, first published in 1905. It is admitted by all competent scholars that the text of Macbeth has been more or less vitiated by the interpolations or additions of some dramatist other than Shakespeare; and that the only real question is as to the extent of these interpolations; but hardly any editor has had the courage of his convictions by venturing to express, in the only adequate way in which it can be done, these convictions in his printed text. Of recent English (including American) editors, Mr. E. K. Chambers and Mr. Mark Harvey Liddell (Macbeth, 1903) are, I think, the only exceptions; the latter in a somewhat hesitating way; while the same remark applies to a recent German editor, Hermann Conrad (1907). But at any rate these editors have, in a measure, indicated their views in the text itself by means of brackets, obeli, or other perfectly usual and allowable methods. The segregation of the spurious work of other dramatists from the authentic text of Shakespeare is all the more important and necessary in view of the ermous output of editions during the past twenty years, and also in view of the fact that there is subject of Shakespearian study more important or more difficult than the ascertainment and settlement, so far as this is, humanly speaking, possible, of his text. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.