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Delphi Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Illustrated)
 
 

Delphi Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE , LEWIS THEOBALD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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Features:
* illustrated with hundreds of beautiful images relating to Shakespeare’s life, locations and works
* annotated with concise introductions to the plays and other works
* images of how the plays first appeared in print, giving your Kindle a taste of the Elizabethan texts
* ALL 38 plays and each with their own contents table – navigate easily between acts and scenes – find that special quotation quickly!
* even includes 17 apocryphal plays, with mysterious works such as THE BIRTH OF MERLIN and VORTIGERN AND ROWENA, available nowhere else
* contains a special LOST PLAYS section, with concise information on Shakespeare’s lost works
* includes the special bonus play of DOUBLE FALSEHOOD, which the critic Lewis Theobald claimed was Shakespeare’s lost play in 1727. Decide for yourself – could this really be the long lost CARDENIO?
* ALL the sonnets and other poetry, with excellent formatting in their own special contents table – find that special sonnet quickly and easily!
* even includes apocryphal poems available nowhere else, presented with brief introductions
* special BONUS text of Charles and Mary Lamb’s adaptations for children, with their original Victorian artwork
* EVEN includes a special SOURCES section – spend hours exploring rare medieval texts that shaped Shakespeare’s greatest works. E.g. Thomas Kyd’s play that influenced HAMLET, Holinshed’s Chronicles that inspired history plays and the great MACBETH and many more!
* Geoffrey Chaucer’s classic works that inspired TROILUS AND CRESSIDA and TWO NOBLE KINSMEN
* boasts no less than 5 biographies – explore the bard’s mysterious life from multiple sources across history
* the SPECIAL literary criticism section boasts 11 works by writers as varied as Samuel Johnson, Coleridge, Pope, Bernard Shaw and Tolstoy
* scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
* a front MASTER table of contents, allowing easy navigation around Shakespeare’s oeuvre
* includes a special 'Glossary of Elizabethan Language', which will aid your comprehension of difficult words and phrases
* UPDATED with a complete re-editing of the plays' formatting.

Finally, the world’s greatest writer receives the scholarly Delphi treatment. Of course, there are many Shakespeare collections available on the Kindle, which is why we have made this edition, like all our other titles, the most comprehensive and scholarly works available, with superior formatting. This incredible eBook offers every Shakespearean play, poem, apocryphal work and much, much more! Now you can truly own all of Shakespeare’s works and a wealth of BONUS material on your Kindle, and all in ONE well-organised file.
This eBook is quite simply stunning and deserves a place in the digital library of all lovers of literature.

The Plays
ALL 38 PLAYS

The Lost Plays
with information and DOUBLE FALSEHOOD

The Sources
LIST OF THE PLAYS’ SOURCES

The Apocryphal Plays
THE BIRTH OF MERLIN
VORTIGERN AND ROWENA and many more!

The Adaptations
TALES FROM SHAKESPEARE BY CHARLES AND MARY LAMB

The Poetry
THE SONNETS
VENUS AND ADONIS and more

The Apocryphal Poetry
TO THE QUEEN and more!

The Criticism
PREFACE TO SHAKESPEARE AND NOTES ON PLAY BY SAMUEL JOHNSON
ON SHAKESPEARE BY LEO TOLSTOY
EXTRACTS FROM WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE BY VICTOR HUGO
SHAKESPEARE'S ATTITUDE TOWARD THE WORKING CLASSES BY ERNEST CROSBY
A LETTER BY GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
and many more!

The Biographies
SOME ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE OF MR. WILLIAM SHAKESPEAR BY NICHOLAS ROWE
SHAKESPEARE: HIS LIFE, ART, AND CHARACTERS BY HENRY NORMAN HUDSON
LIFE OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE BY SIR SIDNEY LEE
SHAKESPEARE'S LOST YEARS IN LONDON BY ARTHUR ACHESON
THE PEOPLE FOR WHOM SHAKESPEARE WROTE BY CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER

Shakespeare’s Last Will and Testament

Glossary of Elizabethan Language

Synopsis

The plays and poems are prefaced by a short biographical essay.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 22730 KB
  • Print Length: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Delphi Classics; 6 edition (7 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ą r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GEXC9Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Works Of Shakespeare 3 Feb 2005
By MiniMog
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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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
By A Customer
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare for true geeks 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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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to get the extra plays 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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28 of 29 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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5.0 out of 5 stars This edition is a real treasure at a bargain price!
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A very beautiful book to add to your collection, leather-bound and with gold leaf pages!
Published 13 days ago by diana
5.0 out of 5 stars What I wanted
It is exactly what I wanted - the full works of Shakespeare. I probably won't read it all but I'm very happy. What's not to like?
Published 18 days ago by Peggy Banfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but layout and readability hinder ease
Obviously good writing but for some reason if you read a play and don't finish it you can't seem to read a different play without having to remove the previous bookmark. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Malibha
4.0 out of 5 stars Bard basics
As the book's title says, it's got all of his work in here. It's been condensed onto two columns of small font for each page, which I think lends a nice character to the page. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bib
5.0 out of 5 stars Luigi442wii
William Shakespeare wrote 40 plays - 3 got lost.
He really is the Bard of Avon.
HOWEVER
Delphi and another book has linked reviews for some weird reason. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MR J N DIGNAM
5.0 out of 5 stars shakespeare ultimate
Quite satisfied to have all the works of shakespeare at one's disposal. Very good for reading and very useful for reference resarch
Published 1 month ago by Bodeux Jean-pierre
1.0 out of 5 stars Mmmm..
Awful on Kindle. Can't find books easily without running through the book, and no word/phrase interpretation. Found horrible to read. Read more
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Finally saw the nutters face.
Mint quality ...It's worth it for begginers :p
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