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Arden Shakespeare Complete Works: Student Edition [Paperback]

William Shakespeare , Ann Thompson , Richard Proudfoot , David Scott Kastan
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5 July 2001 Arden Shakespeare
The Complete Arden Shakespeare , published for the first time in hardback in 1998, is now available in an updated paperback edition. The Complete Arden Shakespeare contains the texts of all Shakespeare's plays, edited by leading Shakespeare scholars for the renowned Arden Shakespeare series. The paperback edition includes eight newly revised playtexts as published in the Arden Third Series since 1998.A general introduction by the three General Editors of the ongoing Arden Shakespeare series gives the reader an overall view of how and why Shakespeare has become such an influential cultural icon, and how perceptions of his work have changed in the intervening four centuries. The introduction summarises the known facts about the dramatist's life, his reading and use of sources, and the nature of theatrical performance during his lifetime.Brief introductions to each play, written specially for this volume by the Arden General Editors, discuss the date and contemporary context of the play, its position within Shakespeare's oeuvre, and its subsequent performance history. An extensive glossary explains vocabulary which may be unfamiliar to modern readers. Includes The Two Noble Kinsmen, the Poems, and the Sonnets Brief contextual introductions to each play Glossary with about 400 entries

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  • Paperback: 1360 pages
  • Publisher: Arden Shakespeare; New Ed edition (5 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903436613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903436615
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 18.5 x 5.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire and was baptised on 26 April 1564. Thought to have been educated at the local grammar school, he married Anne Hathaway, with whom he went on to have three children, at the age of eighteen, before moving to London to work in the theatre. Two erotic poems, Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece were published in 1593 and 1594 and records of his plays begin to appear in 1594 for Richard III and the three parts of Henry VI. Shakespeare's tragic period lasted from around 1600 to 1608, during which period he wrote plays including Hamlet and Othello. The first editions of the sonnets were published in 1609 but evidence suggests that Shakespeare had been writing them for years for a private readership.

Shakespeare spent the last five years of his life in Stratford, by now a wealthy man. He died on 23 April 1616 and was buried in Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. The first collected edition of his works was published in 1623.

(The portrait details: The Chandos portrait, artist and authenticity unconfirmed. NPG1, © National Portrait Gallery, London)

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Richard Proudfoot is Emeritus Professor and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies in the University of London. He is the author of "Shakespeare: Text, Stage, and Cannon" and numerous essays on Shakespeare. He is a general editor of the Arden Shakespeare.Ann Thompson is Professor of English Language and Literature and Head of the School of Humanities at King's College London. She has edited "Hamlet "for Arden and "The Taming of the Shrew "for Cambridge University Press. Her other publications include "Shakespeare's Chaucer," "Shakespeare, Meaning and Metaphor" (with John O. Thompson), and "Women Reading Shakespeare, 1660-1900 "(with Sasha Roberts). She has also published widely on editing Shakespeare and Shakespeare's language. She is one of the general editors of the Arden Shakespeare.
David Scott Kastan is the Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, New York. His publications include "Shakespeare and the Book," "Shakespeare after Theory," and "Shakespeare and the Shapes of Time." In addition, he has edited "A Companion to Shakespeare," "A New History of Early English Drama" (with John Cox), and "Staging the Renaissance" (with Peter Stallybrass). He is one of the general editors of the Arden Shakespeare.

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On the evidence of Francis Meres in Palladis Tamia, by 1598 Shakespeare was known to have written 'sugared sonnets' and to have circulated them among his 'private friends'. Read the first page
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Shakespeare 3 Nov 2007
In some respects I think it'd be rather presumptuous of me to attempt to review Shakespeare. Someone so well known and influential wouldn't benefit from my opinions on their work, plus there are more scholarly and concise reviews out there. But I can comment on these Arden versions. Of all the Shakespeare I've read I've always found the Arden copies to be well laid out and to have excellent commentary and notes on the text. Although this complete works has less notes than many dedicated Shakespeare publications by Arden. But overall they really add to your understanding of Shakespeares outstanding plays and introduce you to the depth in his work. They have superb paper quality and are bound well, withstanding repeated readings and intensive study. For your collection of Shakespeare you can't do much better than Arden publications, some are quite hard to get hold of but it's worth the effort.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Very necessary 29 Dec 2010
This hefty tome got me through my first year exams with ease. the font is a little small in places but it gave a great overview of one of the great writers of the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow what a book! 15 Aug 2011
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this book has everything i ever wanted or needed to know about shakespeare and his work. it is an extremely heavy, thick book as you would expect, so plenty of reading ahead. should help me in my undergraduate degree well. highly recommended, and as per usual cheapest on amazon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fairly good complete works 9 Jan 2014
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Based on Arden ed's 2 and 3. Includes 2 noble kinsmen but not Sir Thomas More or Cardenio. Reasonably legible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a gift 12 Nov 2013
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I bought this for my daughter who is studying drama and she said it is a very helpful book and gives her further knowledge in this area. The book was bought second hand as the new price is very expensive. The second hand copy was in good condition and just had a few annotations made by the previous owner - other than that was perfect. I would suggest any budding drama student go for the second hand option.
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