Shakespeare - The Complete Works

ISBN-10: 0198711905

ISBN-13: 9780198711902

Edition: 2nd 1998

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Here are all of Shakespeare's plays and poems in a compact edition that fits nearly onto your bookshelf or comfortably in your lap. And, as if all of the Bard were not enough, this reissue of an Oxford Classic offers something more: editions of the plays in their theatrical versions, as they were originally performed on the Elizabethan stage. This edition also features a brief introduction to each work, as well as an illuminating General Introduction; reconsiders every detail of the text and presentation of Shakespeare's complete works in the light of modern scholarship; re-examines the nature and authority of the early documents, and freshly establishes the canon and chronological order of composition; and modernizes spelling and punctuation to make the works more accessible to modern readers, without ever altering their original language or meter. The Times Higher Education Supplement called William Shakespeare: The Complete Works "the most ambitious edition of the works ever attempted," and The Times (London) hailed it as "a monument to Shakespearean scholarship." For scholars and general readers alike, this is a must-have collection for your home library.
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List price: $39.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/16/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1328
Size: 7.00" wide x 7.25" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 4.444
Language: English

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.

Alphabetical List of Contents
List of Illustrations
General Introduction
Contemporary Allusions to Shakespeare
Commendatory Poems and Prefaces
The Complete Works
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Taming of the Shrew
The First Part of the Contention of the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster (2 Henry VI)
The True Tragedy of Richard Duke of York and the Good King Henry the Sixth (3 Henry VI)
The Most Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus
The First Part of Henry the Sixth
The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
Venus and Adonis
The Rape of Lucrece
The Comedy of Errors
Love's Labour's Lost
Love's Labour's Won: A Brief Account
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
The Life and Death of King John
The Comical History of the Merchant of Venice, or Otherwise Called the Jew of Venice
The History of Henry the Fourth (1 Henry IV)
The Merry Wives of Windsor
The Second Part of Henry the Fourth
Much Ado About Nothing
The Life of Henry the Fifth
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
As You Like It
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Troilus and Cressida
Sonnets and 'A Lover's Complaint'
Various Poems
Sir Thomas More: Passages Attributed to Shakespeare
Measure for Measure
The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice
All's Well That Ends Well
The Life of Timon of Athens
The History of King Lear: The Quarto Text
The Tragedy of King Lear: The Folio Text
The Tragedy of Macbeth
The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
Pericles, Prince of Tyre: A Reconstructed Text
The Tragedy of Coriolanus
The Winter's Tale
Cymbeline, King of Britain
The Tempest
Cardenio: A Brief Account
All Is True (Henry VIII)
The Two Noble Kinsmen
Select Glossary
Index of First Lines of the Sonnets
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