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  • Paperback: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; New edition edition (5 Aug. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185326895X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853268953
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 5.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (220 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, in 1564. The date of his birth is not known but is traditionally 23 April, St George's Day. Aged 18, he married a Stratford farmer's daughter, Anne Hathaway. They had three children. Around 1585 William joined an acting troupe on tour in Stratford from London, and thereafter spent much of his life in the capital. A member of the leading theatre group in London, the Chamberlain's Men, which built the Globe Theatre and frequently performed in front of Queen Elizabeth I, Shakespeare wrote 36 plays and much poetry besides. He died in 1616. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful By MiniMog on 3 Feb. 2005
Format: Paperback
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ms. K. J. Roe on 31 Oct. 2006
Format: Hardcover
If shakespeare is your bag, then this book is perfect. It has all the plays (including some of the more random) as well as a collection of his sonnets and poems. Each page has some illustration with a quote taken from one of his classic stories and the pages are well laid out and easy to read

The book is beautifully presented with a golden internal spine and certainly had a real weight and quality to it.

The only criticism i could make is that it is large, and heavy (my book self struggled) but it really is worth building a new bookself just for this collection. It is a real treasure to have and i thoroughly reccomend it.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Sept. 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Fox on 4 Jan. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I am very happy with this collection. It has all the elements I was hoping to get and a little more as well. I was looking for a complete Shakespeare, with all his plays and poems in it. Also, I was looking for something easy to read and navigate through.

So I was very happy to find this collection. I am most excited about these extra plays that I get in addition to the regular ones I wanted. As soon as I saw that I knew I had to have this collection. Also, I found it nice to read and I discovered I can read it both holding my Kindle vertical or horizontal. Its also simple to navigate.

So nothing more I could ask for :)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Mitchell on 21 Mar. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I was stunned when I saw this collection come up in the search results. I wanted a full set of Shakespeare's works for my Kindle and I was hoping for a few bonus features, but when I saw this, I was just stunned. It has all the plays I wanted, all the poems, plus these extra ones. And on top of that it has all this awesome commentary and biographies! I am a big fan of the classics and Shakespeare is one of my favourite author, his words and poetry are so wonderful. So having all these extras that explain and talk more about it is just amazing! I also found the layout to be simple and straightforward with a very nice table of contents. All in all, I can say I am so happy to have found it!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Feb. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this and a load of other free kindle books for iphone at the same time.
I find it great; stuck in a queue, whip out the iphone and read a bit of Shakespeare. I have so far read Henry IV part 1, which I studied in school and Henry the IV part 2, which completed something I'd wanted to do for years. I have a book version of the complete works, but it is too unweildly to read, other than sitting at a table. Thumbs up to Will I am S.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By paul on 3 Dec. 2011
Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
again another great product from amazon and the companies they use,im in the middle of reading hamlet at the moment and im enjoying it more than i thought i would, iv herd people rant about hamlet and just thought they were just being snobby but i must say its a fantastic read, im looking forward to reading all the other shakespeare plays ect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Duffellbag on 1 Jan. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Illustrated)

This a another fine examplefrom the Delphi Complete series. Unless you need to purchase a Shakespeare play for academic research reasons, then I would suggest this is the best purchase you can get at this price range of Shakespeares Works. Included in the Delphi addition are a wealth of extras including the approcaphal plays and historical sources for the plays. A wonderful addition to anyones kindle collection, it is still worth purchasing for the extras alone if you are studing Shakespeare and have purchased other versions of the plays.

I give this five stars as Delphi are always adding improvements to their products and indicates the care and long term commitment they take in compiling their products
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