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Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection) [Leather Bound]

William Shakespeare
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7 Oct 2010 Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection
William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre-eminent dramatist. His plays remain highly popular today and are constantly studied, performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world. This edition of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare is part of Barnes & Noble s series of quality leatherbound volumes. Each title in the series presents a classic work in an attractively designed edition bound in genuine bonded leather. These books make elegant additions to any home library.

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  • Leather Bound: 1264 pages
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble (7 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760703329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760703328
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the 'Bard of Avon'. His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Works Of Shakespeare 3 Feb 2005
By MiniMog
I was looking for a book which contained the plays of Shakespeare as I needed to select which would be most appropriate to use as a drama workshop. I chose this book because it was very cheap.
The book is very chunky and it features ALL his plays and major poems/sonnets. Each page has two columns of text in very small print, so if you don't have good eye sight, I wouldn't recommend this book. It's also quite smudgy and the text is quite cramped. I don't feel this book is suitable to work from, to annotate etc.. However, it is as useful as a dictionary when it comes to looking up quotes and is brilliant to have around in order to recommend speeches to students. It also has a very useful Glossary at the back for those words which are uncommon/not used nowadays and includes information from the original folio.
To summarise... a book very worth the money, useful as a point of reference but not a book to be worked from.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrong title 9 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This shouldn't be called the "complete" Shakespeare, but "complete plus". Typically for Delphi, they've added a wealth of extra material that adds richness to the text. I'm working through Macbeth, for example, and the Chronicles by Holinshead that Shakespeare uses as a source reveals just what a transformation he wrought. And how revealing is the political background to the play outlined by Samuel Johnson in his notes - James I's accession to the throne and the Gunpowder Plot. And then there's the additional Shakespeare, in the form of the apocryphal plays and poems. I didn't even know this stuff existed! This collection will help me explore the immortal Bard for decades to come.

I suppose that, if you dug hard enough, you'd be able to save yourself a couple of quid and get all of this stuff, including the extras and the apocryphal works, for free. I started down that road, but what you get is a lot of different formats of varying quality, many without active ToCs - which makes navigation a decided chore, if not practically impossible. And what about searching? If I wanted to find a particular word in one play, for example - no problemo. But what if I wanted to find if the Bard had ever used it? Only a complete collection will perform that trick in no time, and Delphi's ToC is as detailed and therefore as useful as I've come to expect from them.

I said that maybe you could find all of the material in this collection for free, but actually I seriously doubt it. For 1.87, quite frankly it's not worth looking, even without the objection in the previous paragraph. And what additional material! One literary genius - be it Johnson, Tolstoy, Coleridge or Victor Hugo - speaking about another is worth it on its own.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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This book, although expensive is just simply wonderful. The book contains all of shakespeares plays, poems and sonnets which puts a different meaning to the statement "complete works". Also, not only does the book give excellent essays on each play it also gives you exceptionally good footnotes on the modern meaning of difficult text within the play, with a usefull line index as to where these meanings come up. These notes are so helpfull I have not seen their equivalent or anything near it in any other edition of Shakespeares complete works. For those of you who have had problems in understanding Shakespeare, this book is your savior. Certainly a best buy in my opinion. Well done Bevington.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Option I Could Find 25 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is Shakespeare. What you don't need from me here is a review of the content, suffice it is to say his works are presented here complete and unabridged, and the added content is extensive and intriguing, especially to any scholars of The Bard out there.

Having sampled a number of 'Complete' editions for Kindle, it soon became apparent that there were a range of options, all with their own pros, cons and quirks, from poorly presented text (e.g. one had everything wedged together, no line breaks and only italics used to separate dialogue from everything else), lacking (or absent) contents pages and shoddy (or absent) browsing, to misplaced stage-directions and even missing lines (seriously!).

The stand-alone plays seem to fair much better in the formatting department than the complete works, but if it's a single collection you want, with all the trimmings, then this DELPHI CLASSICS edition is the edition I'd recommend (be sure to check the link at the top of this review, as reviews seem to be shared across a range of similar products). As I said at the beginning, this particular edition contains not only the complete plays and sonnets, but a vast array of additional works and extras to compliment and flesh-out everything (including biographies, illustrations, photographs, background information on each work, etc.). It features a full and fully-linked contents page, as well as linked contents to each individual work, and, although the text is a little cramped, it is clear enough to easily distinguish between character, dialogue and stage-direction.

As far as I can tell, no Complete Works collection on Kindle is perfect, but this Delphi Classics edition appears to be the best of the bunch.
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