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Shakespeare Complete Works

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ISBN-10: 1408152010

ISBN-13: 9781408152010

Edition: 2nd 2011 (Revised)

Authors: William Shakespeare, Ann Thompson, David Scott Kastan, Richard Proudfoot

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List price: $30.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1392
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 2.002
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.

The General Editors of The Arden Shakespeare Third Series are: Richard Proudfoot, Emeritus Professor, King's College London Ann Thompson, King's College London David Scott Kastan, Yale University H.R. Woudhuysen, University College, London Associate General Editor George Walton Williams, Emeritus Professor, Duke University

List of illustrations
General Editors' prefac
Why Shakespeare?
Shakespeare: the life
Shakespeare and the theatre
Shakespeare in print
Shakespeare's reading and reading Shakespeare
Shakespeare's Sonnets
A Lover's Complaint
Venus and Adonis
The Passionate Pilgrim 'The Phoenix and Turtle'
All's Well That Ends Well
cAntony and Cleopatra
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Julius Caesar
King Henry IV Part 1
King Henry IV Part 2
King Henry V Part 3
King Henry VI, Part 1
King Henry VI, Part 2
King Henry VI, Part 3
King Henry VIII
King John
King Lear
King Richard II
King Richard III
Love's Labour's Lost
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
PericlesF.D. HoenigerRomeo and JulietBrian Gibbons
The Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Two Noble Kinsmen
The Winter's Tale
Double Falsehood
Index of first lines of sonnets
Index of first lines of songs
Title-page, with a portrait of Shakespeare engraved by Droeshout, from the First Folio printed by Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount, 1623 (British Library/ courtesy Bridgeman Art Library)
Shakespeare as twentieth-century cultural icon, selling lager(courtesy Carling Black Label)
Portrait of Richard Burbage, leading actor of the Chamberlain's Men (Dulwich Picture Gallery/courtesy Bridgeman Art Library)
The Globe Theatre, as recreated in the 1990s on London's Bankside (courtesy Globe Theatre)
Detail from Wenzel Hollar's engraving A Long Bird's-Eye View of London, 1647, showing the rebuilt Globe (Guildhall Library, Corporation of London/courtesy Bridgeman Art Library)
The principal actors in the King's Men, as listed in the First Folio of 1623 (courtesy British Library)
The earliest illustration of a work by-Shakespeare; a scene from Titus Andronictts, attributed Co Henry Peacham, c.1595, 1605 or 1615 (courtesy the Marquess of Bath, Longieat House, Warminster, Wilts)
Title-page of the First Quarto of Love's Labour's Lost, 1598 (courtesy British Library)
Title-page of the First Quarto of King Lear, 1608 (courtesy British Library)
The catalogue of 35 of Shakespeare's plays as listed in the First Folio, 1623 (courtesy British Library)
The second epistle 'To the great variety of readers', prefacing the First Folio, 1623, and signed by John Heminges and Henry Condell {courtesy British Library)
The three witches in the television cartoon version of Macbeth (1993) (courtesy S4C International)
David Garrick in four of his most famous Shakespearean roles, from a contemporary engraving (courtesy Bridgeman Art Library)
Ellen Terry as Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor (courtesy Hulton Deutsch Collection)
A modern production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1994) (courtesy Donald Cooper, Photostage)
Sir Henry Beerbohm Tree in the surviving silent film fragment of King John, 1899 (courtesy Hulton Picture Library)
Laurence Olivier as the King in the 1944 film of Henry K (courtesy The Kobal Collection)
Akira Kurosawa's Japanese film version of Macbeth, Throne of Blood, 1957 (courtesy The Kobal Collection)
Genealogical table showing the houses of York and Lancaster