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King Richard III (Arden Shakespeare.Third Series) (The Arden Shakespeare Third Series) [Paperback]

William Shakespeare , James R. Siemon
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28 Sep 2009 The Arden Shakespeare Third Series
Richard III is one of the great Shakespearean characters and roles. James R Siemon examines the attraction of this villain to audiences and focuses on how beguiling, even funny, he can be, especially in the earlier parts of the play. Siemon also places King Richard III in its historical context; as Elizabeth I had no heirs the issue of succession was a very real one for Shakespeare's audience. The introduction is well-illustrated and provides a comprehensive account of the play and of critical approaches to it. The edition also provides a clear and authoritative playtext, edited to the most rigorous standards of scholarship, with detailed notes and commentary on the same page. With a wealth of helpful and incisive commentary the Arden Shakespeare is the finest edition of Shakespeare you can find, giving a deeper understanding and appreciation of his work.

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: Arden Shakespeare; 3rd Ed edition (28 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903436893
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903436899
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,535 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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'There is much to admire about Siemon's labours here, and taken in its own edition is a fine resource for those wanting to read a well annotated text of the play or to go deeply into the performance and textual histories of the play...'
--Shakespeare Bookshop Newsletter (December 2009)

'James R. Siemon, aided by a crack team of general editors (Richard Proudfoot, George Walton Williams and David Scott Kastan), has produced a nearly perfect edition of the play...(a) supremely engaging edition.' --Eric Rasmussen, Shakespeare Survey (June 2011)

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James R Siemon is Professor of English at Boston University

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3.0 out of 5 stars Erudite but disappointing 28 Mar 2013
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A bit of a disappointment this. Prof Siemon has put a massive effort into this introduction and notes, but rather than being informative the notes are over detailed and miss the main points. To give two examples from the first few pages of the text:

When we come in Act one to the mention of the death of Rutland we are merely told he is a second son of Richard of York, not that his name is Edmund nor that he was killed aged seventeen after the battle of Wakefield nor why Lord Clifford killed him. Even more confusingly he is omitted from the genealogy of the House of York.

We are told that 'plantagenet' was the nick name taken by Geoffrey of Anjou, the father of Henry II but not what it means (sprig of broom)nor why Geoffrey took that name (his crest).

Some basic sensible historical information, please, and less stating the obvious such as when we are told 'homicide' means 'murder.' We could have worked that one out ourselves,thank you.

Hammond's earlier second series volume is to be preferred.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The footnotes! The footnotes! 22 Mar 2014
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Usual Arden Shakespeare - worth purchasing for the scholarly introductory material and the footnotes. The latter sometimes take up the rest of the page when 2 lines of text have been printed at the top BUT this is all to the good, since they are a great help to scholars of any age and level and those doing amateur dramatics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare 27 Sep 2010
By Jeffrey A. Levy - Published on Amazon.com
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The Arden editions are always my choice for Shakespeare. The notes are a substantial addition to understanding S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Required purchase 23 Mar 2014
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Book was in great condition and was shipped fast. I purchased this book as a class requirement for a Shakespeare class in my freshman year.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good copy 8 July 2013
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I bought this book because while we had covered Richard II and Henry IV (Pt. 1) in my Shakespeare class, we did not read Richard III (my prof. just wasn't a huge fan). I love Shakespeare's history plays, and the discovery of Richard III's body sparked my interest. The copy is quality, contains plenty of footnotes (and a lengthy introduction) for a student or someone new to Shakespeare. The translation is good. I like the story even though I know some people that find it too far fetched in a few aspects. After all, this is a Shakespeare play...it's not made to be accurate or realistic. It's made to please the monarch and the monarch's censors.

The only downside is that sometimes there are so many notes on a page that there's very little play text. It's similar to what happens with study KJV Bibles, or study copies of almost anything written in middle or early-modern English. So, excellent for a student or someone that likes those extra notes, but if you're adept when it comes to Shakespeare or are used to reading works in early-modern English, then it may be cumbersome for you. Personally, I liked all the notes because I'm out of college, and without them I'd have to google anything I needed some context on. They're also nice for lending to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great edition of Richard 3 28 Sep 2010
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This book has a very good translation of the popular Shakespeare play. It provides important footnotes in the text as well as a detailed, imformation packed introduction and appendixes.
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