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Measure for Measure (The New Cambridge Shakespeare) Hardcover – 6 Jul 2006

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  • Hardcover: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521854482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107017528
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,941,804 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 updated edition of Measure for Measure includes a new introductory section on recent stage, film and critical interpretations by Angela Stock. An updated reading list completes the edition.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Turner on 5 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
This was the first play that, when I was required to read it for A-level English, really got me excited about Shakespeare. It has genuinely laugh out loud moments (no, I wouldn't have believed it either), then some of the most terrifying, moving speeches in the whole canon.

Every character is interesting, from the repressed and cruel manipulator Angelo, to Isabella, a kind of anti-heroine, who discovers power in a patriarchal society through an exaggerated (and sometimes eroticised) purity. After Isabella's brother Claudio is unfairly sentanced to death for impregnating a woman before marriage, Angelo tries to use his power over her brother's fate to convince Isabella to have sex with him. But both he and Claudio have underestimated the novice nun's seemingly inhuman zealousness. As Claudio begs for his life in prison, Isabella rebuffs him with the famous line: "more than our brother is our chastity".

It is also a good introduction if you have previously struggled with the bard - not as confusing as some of the comedies, or as unremittingly hard-going as the tragedies can seem when one is not used to translating the language.

And just a last note on this (Cambridge) edition - it's excellent. The introduction and notes are thorough and enlightening - but at the same time, not every variation of langauge in the different quartos is analysed in depth. While this must be vital for scholors at a higher level, to the everyday reader it can have a somewhat swamping effect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dylixia on 12 Oct. 2011
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The book does waste a lot of space giving one unnecessary background information which isn't essential for the course but interesting nonetheless. However the footnotes it provides do cover a lot of unknown words with more than one interpretation for extra help. Unfortunately the footnotes seem to be supplied by someone prudish, for a lot of the sexual undertones of the speech is completely overlooked and means that you can miss out on a lot of hidden meanings unless you have someone who is well-acquainted with the play to talk you through it.

All in all, a good help to someone studying the play for English Literature at AS/A2 level.
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I bought this book for my daughter who is doing A level English. She said it was in excellent condition and arrived on time, which helped her to complete her work. thanks
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By emma on 1 Nov. 2013
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No option for not recieved, so had to choose 1 star we hate it!!
We did pay a fair amount of money for this and all the other books we ordered for my son's a levels, and have been let down by
3 / 4 of them !! ( unusable condition, completely wrong book) & now this one still not turned up!!!!
So can we have another copy dispatched asap or a refund & find it elsewhere please..?!
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Meh 16 May 2014
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I don't hate this play, but I don't love it either. It does render some interesting analysis, but it stands subpar to Shakespeare's other works.
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