Complete Works of Shakespeare

ISBN-10: 032109333X
ISBN-13: 9780321093332
Edition: 5th 2004 (Revised)
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Description: A balanced editorial approach, a highly respected editor, and proven apparatus combine to make Bevington the most student-friendly introduction to Shakespeare on the market. The fifth edition of this comprehensive anthology addresses the two key  More...

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List price: $106.80
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 8/25/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 2016
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.00" long x 2.50" tall
Weight: 6.138
Language: English

A balanced editorial approach, a highly respected editor, and proven apparatus combine to make Bevington the most student-friendly introduction to Shakespeare on the market. The fifth edition of this comprehensive anthology addresses the two key issues confronted by students approaching Shakespeare today: a lack of knowledge about the historical period and difficulty with the language of Shakespeare's plays. A richly illustrated general introduction offers insight into Shakespeare's England and background on the literary and cultural contexts in which Shakespeare wrote and produced plays. Each play is introduced by a descriptive essay designed to help students appreciate the cultural contexts and interpretive issues raised by the play, without dictating students' interpretations. Thoroughly revised and updated notes and glosses support student readers line by line, paraphrasing Elizabethan idioms in clear and accessible language.

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

Note: Readings marked with asterisks are new to this edition
Preface
General Introduction
Life in Shakespeare's England
Shakespeare's World: A Visual Portfolio
The Drama Before Shakespeare
London Theaters and Dramatic Companies
Life and Work
Shakespeare's Language: His Development as a Poet and Dramatist
Editions and Editors of Shakespeare
Shakespeare Criticism
The Comedies
The Comedy of Errors
Love's Labor's Lost
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Taming of the Shrew
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing
The Merry Wives of Windsor
As You Like It
Twelfth Night; or, What You Will
All's Well That Ends Well
Measure for Measure. Troilus and Cressida
The Histories
The First Part of King Henry the Sixth
The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth
The Third Part of King Henry the Sixth
The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
The Life and Death of King John
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
The First Part of King Henry the Fourth
The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth
The Life of King Henry the Fifth
The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth
The Tragedies
Titus Andronicus
Romeo and Juliet
Julius Caesar
Prince of Denmark
The Moor of Venice
King Lear
Macbeth
Timon of Athens
Antony and Cleopatra
Coriolanus
The Romances
Pericles
Cymbeline
The Winter's Tale
The Tempest
The Two Noble Kinsmen
The Poems
Venus and Adonis
The Rape of Lucrece
The Phoenix and Turtle
A Lover's Complaint
Sonnets
Canon, Dates, and Early Texts
Sources
Shakespeare in Performance (co-authored with Lois Potter)
The Royal Genealogy of England
Maps
Bibliography: Suggestions for Reading and Research
Textual Notes
Glossary: Shakespearean Words and Meanings of Frequent Occurrence
Index

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