Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Won play was written prior to 1598 and probably published by 1603, though no known copies have survived. There are 2 schools of thought on Love’s Labour’s Won – one that the play is a lost sequel to Love’s Labour’s Lost, the other that the title is an alternative name for an already known Shakespeare play.
The first mention of Love’s Labour’s Won occurs in Francies Meres Palladis Tamia, Wits Treasury (written in 1598) where he lists 12 Shakespeare plans, including the text:
- “for Comedy, witnes his Ge[n]tleme[n] of Verona, his [Comedy of] Errors, his Loue labors lost, his Loue labours wonne, his Midsummers night dreame, & hisMerchant of Venice“.
To us this text lends weight to the idea that Love’s Labour’s Won is indeed a unique and lost play of Shakespeare’s.
Date written: No one is sure, but some time before 1598
Genre classification: As we’re not sure of the content of Love’s Labours Won we can’t say what type of play it is.
Main characters in Love’s Labours Won: Unknown
Love’s Labours Won themes: Unknown