The draft consists of a Foreword, Prologue, and chapters 1-3 and 5-20. Only a single page from chapter 4 has survived in the draft. The draft also includes a chapter titled "Some Books", and captions for pictures, which are included in the hardback, illustrated edition of the published text, "Shakespeare"(Jonathan Cape, London, 1970)
Includes Burgess's handwritten corrections and amendments.
The Foreword is dated Malta, 1969.