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The Illustrated Complete Works of Shakespeare: New Illustrated Edition (Definitive) Hardcover – Illustrated, 31 Oct 2011


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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Flame Tree Publishing; Illustrated ed edition (31 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847869947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847869944
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 24.9 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,111 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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Amazon review: 5.0 out of 5 stars Superb edition of the Bard's works 9 Mar 2012 By Foxtara This is a truly beautiful edition of Shakespeare's works. With lots of full plate magnificent illustrations and many more smaller illustrations, engravings and line drawings. The plays, sonnets and his poems are are also here. To fit them all in the print is a bit small, so for the short-sighted like me a magnifying glass or page-magnifier is a must, nevertheless the book is still a joy. It is also heavy as one would expect for the complete works. When you see the large and glorious illustrations, the beautiful style of the text and headings in well chosen fonts, and of course the genius of Shakespeare's work, you will see that it is a book to be treasured.

About the Author

Dr Warren Boutcher is Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London and is an expert in the Late Renaissance, the period during which Shakespeare wrote his famous plays. His current projects include The School of Montaigne (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). He is head of the first year undergraduate Shakespeare course at Queen Mary, which includes collaborations with Shakespeare’s Globe on Bankside, London. He has made extensive contributions to books and journals.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Mar. 2012
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This is a truly beautiful edition of Shakespeare's works. With lots of full plate magnificent illustrations and many more smaller illustrations, engravings and line drawings. The plays, sonnets and his poems are are also here. To fit them all in the print is a bit small, so for the short-sighted like me a magnifying glass or page-magnifier is a must, nevertheless the book is still a joy. It is also heavy as one would expect for the complete works. When you see the large and glorious illustrations, the beautiful style of the text and headings in well chosen fonts, and of course the genius of Shakespeare's work, you will see that it is a book to be treasured.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucy on 4 Sept. 2012
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This is a marvellous book for those people who are interested in having all of Shakespeare's works accompanied by great paintings based on the Bard's poems and plays.
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By Scoobyshrew on 3 Feb. 2014
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Larger volume than I was expecting but it is very beautiful. Bought as a present but I wish I could keep it!!
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By Angelina on 3 Jan. 2013
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This was a present which had already been seen and then requested so it did the job - no problems
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