The introduction to this edition contains an analysis of the
first quarto (including new evidence of its original dating) and a
reconsideration of the play''s complex relation to the
Shakespearean histories that preceded and followed it. Charles R.
Forker offers a discussion of Marlowe''s use of sources, and
presents a new argument for the drama''s five-act structure. He
delves into the conflicting and controversial opinions concerning
the genre and sexual politics of the play, and also includes a full
record of the stage history. Forker has collated some 46 editions
(including the important, rare and usually ignored editions of
Broughton and Oxberry in 1818). The appendices provide substantive
variants from the Broughton and Oxberry texts as well as extracts
from the sources.