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The Arden Shakespeare: Measure for Measure [Unknown Binding]

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Whilst I would tend not to review classic literature there was something about this tale of deception and love that compelled me to review it. On seeing there were few reviews on here, I would like to present my opinion that this is one of Shakespeare's lesser known but still entertaining and though-provoking works. Still culturally relevant, I read this to prepare for a performance that I thoroughly enjoyed, mainly due to this text. At this price, I would put it down as something that everyone must read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor formatting 8 Sep 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This play is presented in Kindle format exactly as it appears on the printed page. The notes are included after whichever line they appear under in the printed text: since the Kindle pages are not the same length, they frequently appear in the middle of the page on Kindle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Measured text 12 Dec 2010
My first experience of Shakespeare's problem play about sex and legalism was as a set exam text I had to teach this year. This edition of the play text is ideal for both GCSE and A-Level, and would also be appropriate for younger Secondary school students should it be on the curriculum. Unlike the Cambridge New Shakespeare version, the supporting text and layout are extremely accessible, although unlike that edition it is slightly lightweight in terms of academic detail.
Overall I would definitely recommend this for both students and teachers of the play, and for those simply interested in understanding the play better it would also be well suited.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Formatting Fail 6 May 2014
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The notes do not appear at the bottom of the kindle screen, nor is there a hyperlink from the term. It is as if the pages were taken from the paper edition and simply kindle-ized without reference to how the text would appear on the screen. Therefore, the page notes generally appear on the following page, somewhere perhaps in the middle of the page, sort of at random and based on the general formatting of the play itself. There's no rhyme or reason. But in general, where the notes fall on the following page, this requires one to go back and forth to access the notes. This could be bearable, given the cheapness of price, but the lines of the play are not numbered. The notes are numbered - but what good is a numbered note if one doesn't know what line number one is on? In addition, the notes follow one after the other, not as in a list with each note occupying its own line, but one after the other, in paragraph form, making for a very tedious, eyeball wrenching experience. Even for the discounted price, this edition is not worth it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Measure for Measure 25 May 2014
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I read this before going to see an outdoor performance and it certainly helped me to understand the plot, however it was a good job I wasn't relying on the notes as they seemed to be all over the shop.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his greats 31 Dec 2013
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I don't think this is one of Shakespeare's greats but as an edition it does the job if you want the text and not much more (the notes aren't worth bothering about).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Measure for Measure review 5 Dec 2013
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I am studying English Literature at A-Level and this book is great because I only needed to look at a few of the key scenes. There are notes at the end of the book as a glossary section, which makes it incredibly helpful to understand what Shakespeare's characters were saying in modern day English. The affordable price makes it even better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars bought for son for his A level course 30 Sep 2013
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Arrived very quickly, new so very pleased, excellent value for money, i would order again from this web site thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
I was very glad to get this free of charge, and enjoyed reading it. I plan to recommend it to my friends. Thank you.
Published 11 months ago by White owl
5.0 out of 5 stars Measure for Measure
One of my favourite Shakespearean plays. Text clear and very affordable, easily transportable and useful for quick reference. I enjoyed re-reading this very much.
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I got told to study this play in my AS course - our current topic is 'romance through the ages' - and I was expecting a Romeo & Juliet soppiness to it: it's so, so much more... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rosie Wiggins
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect introducton to Shakespeare's women
I would call Measure for Measure the perfect introduction to Shakespeare's women. The concepts of virginity, pregnancy, adultery, loyalty, and fraternity are all explored within... Read more
Published 18 months ago by BookLover
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect introduction
This is a perfect introduction to the play. The notes are extremely helpful and it's an ideal version to read if you haven't seen the play and are just about to go and watch it for... Read more
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My brother asked me to buy him this for his birthday. Their copy of Measure for Measure was stolen with other items when they were on Euro Star. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by Mrs. A. J. Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic Measure for Measure
Although "Measure for Measure" is not one of Shakespeare's best known plays, I consider it one of his finest. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by geoffrey27
1.0 out of 5 stars measure for measure annotated
This book was so very heavily annotated - obviously by a school child that it was very difficult to read without erasing before so doing. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2011 by chris
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