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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (24 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052173598X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521735988
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,076 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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This new edition of King Lear is part of the established Cambridge School Shakespeare series and has been substantially updated with new and revised activities throughout. Remaining faithful to the series' active approach, it treats the play as a script to be acted, explored and enjoyed. As well as the complete script of King Lear, you will find a variety of classroom-tested activities, an eight-page colour section and an enlarged selection of notes including information on characters, performance, history and language.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ciaraonline on 27 Nov. 2011
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My English teacher suggested that we get this copy of King Lear as she thought it would be clear and helpful. Half of the class listened to her and purchased it, half of the class ignored her and did not. At first I was pleased I had listened to her as it is clearly laid out and has plenty of place for annotations but as we kept reading I became less and less impressed. I and classmates who had this copy of the book kept getting lost whilst reading as this copy of King Lear is a certain version which misses out things, which could be key to our essays depending on the title we choose. Some of the missing passages are at the end of the book, some on the opposite page with notes on but some are just left out. I found this inconvenient and was annoyed when I missed parts of the play. I would only recommend this if the whole class was going to buy the book but even then it could disadvantage you.
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By Anne Glynn on 9 Dec. 2012
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This copy of the text was in great condition. I chose this edition because it has detailed notes on the text at the bottom of every page.
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By amanda linford on 26 Jan. 2013
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this arrived very promptly and is for use towards an A level english course so was perfectly adequate for purpose and as descibed
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lily on 24 Feb. 2013
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As the title says, this is a fantastic play, and this book is great for study, but don't expect to get everything out if it that you otherwise would if you were watching a performance.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K.B. on 4 Aug. 2013
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This is was purchased for my son who is studying Language and LIterature at A level. It is the set text. The book order arrived a little later than I hoped, which was disappointing.
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