Wadsworth Shakespeare

ISBN-10: 1133316271
ISBN-13: 9781133316275
Edition: 2nd 1997
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List price: $177.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 12/31/1996
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 2080
Size: 8.27" wide x 10.31" long x 2.28" tall
Weight: 6.050

The Second Edition of this complete collection of Shakespeare's plays and poems features two essays on recent criticism and productions, fully updated textual notes, a photographic insert of recent productions, and two works recently attributed to Shakespeare. The authors of the essays on recent criticism and productions are Heather DuBrow, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and William Liston, Ball State University, respectively.

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.

Herschel C. Baker is Francis Lee Higginson Professor of English Literature, Harvard University.

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
General Introduction
Shakespeare's Text
Chronology and Sources
Opening Pages of the First Folio
Comedies
The Comedy of Errors
The Taming of the Shrew
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Love's Labors Lost
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Much Ado about Nothing
As You Like It
Twelfth Night, or What You Will
The History of Troilus and Cressida
All's Well That Ends Well
Measure for Measure
Histories
The First Part of Henry the Sixth
The Second Part of Henry the Sixth
The Third Part of Henry the Sixth
The Tragedy of Richard the Third
The Life and Death of King John
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
The First Part of Henry the Fourth
The Second Part of Henry the Fourth
The Life of Henry the Fifth
The Famous History of the Life of Henry the Eighth
Tragedies
The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice
The Tragedy of King Lear
The Tragedy of Macbeth
The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
The Tragedy of Coriolanus
The Life of Timon and Athens
Romances
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Cymbeline
The Winter's Tale
The Tempest
The Two Noble Kinsmen
Edward IIISir Thomas More: The Additions Ascribed to Shakespeare
Poems
Venus and Adonis
The Rape of Lucrece
Sonnets
A Lover's Complaint
The Passionate Pilgrim
The Phoenix and Turtle
A Funeral Elegy for Master William Peter
Shakespeare's Plays in Performance, from 1660 to the Present (updated)
Records, Documents, and Allusions
Annals, 1552-1616
Recent Criticism
Selected Bibliography
Index to the Characters in the Plays
Index to First Lines of the Sonnets
Index to First Lines of The Passionate Pilgrim
Index to First Lines of Songs and Song Snatches
Selected Glossary
Genealogical Tables

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