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5.0 out of 5 stars The premium facsimile of the celebrated First Folio, 27 July 1998
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This review is from: The Norton Facsimile of the First Folio of Shakespeare: Based on Folios in the Folger Library Collection (Facsimile Series) (Hardcover)
This is a superb book in every way: fine scholarship, painstaking reproduction, beautiful presentation. Nothing else is in the class of the Norton First Folio facsimile. To those who may look askance at the price, I can only say the book is worth every penny. What Heminge and Condell said in "To the great Variety of Readers" about the original Folio is equally applicable to this reproduction: "Iudge your sixe-pen'orth, your shillings worth, your fiue shillings worth at a time, or higher, so you rise to the iust rates, and welcome. But, what euer you do, Buy."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the actors' shakespeare, 27 Mar. 2007
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G. Kinch - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Norton Facsimile of the First Folio of Shakespeare: Based on Folios in the Folger Library Collection (Facsimile Series) (Hardcover)
this is the original 1623 and best shakespeare - with NO "misprints", but an actors' edition by will's own theatre company, using typographical clues to reading and acting the plays. decoded in a series of scholarly works going back to 1911 and culminating in patrick tucker's "the secrets of acting shakespeare"

note it does not include "Pericles"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest Books in Literature, 8 April 2003
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Orson Kart (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This book is a revelation to anyone who is interested in theatre. It's the nearest version, by a long way, we have of his plays - written by admirers and supporters within 25 years of his death - unlike most other editions which were emended and amended 350 years after his death. They knew the man himself, and didn't add extraneous punctuation and scene divisions, nor did they 'correct' anything.
Just one example will illustrate how exciting it is to read this book; Romeo & Juliet begins with the fight! There is no prologue telling you it's a tragedy, and that they both die, and that the 'two households' are united. Imagine how much more exciting it would be to watch what you think is a love story, not having been warned it's a weepy!
Why is this book not in our libraries and shools - because it isn't! - yet is in every educational establishment throughout the U.S.A., and why did it take an American to do this?? It baffles me.
Find one, buy it, treasure it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book, 22 Nov. 2013
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It was a present for my daughter, she is over the moon with it. really a wonderfully presented book... really pleased.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful artifact., 8 Jun. 2015
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A fascinating and superbly produced facsimile that provides new perspectives on Shakespeare's work. The complexity of compiling this publication is staggering and fully justifies the price.
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14 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only edition worth having, 27 May 1999
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This review is from: The Norton Facsimile of the First Folio of Shakespeare: Based on Folios in the Folger Library Collection (Facsimile Series) (Hardcover)
Well, here it is: the crowning masterpiece of world literature, misprints and all.
If you have any interest in Shakespeare this is the one to get, if only because you know, reading it, that he really existed and that he really wrote everything here. Some of it - Cymbeline - is really terrible, and some of it - The Tempest - sublime. But it's definitely the same author, the same tone of voice. Cranky, morbid, pompous, lyrical, self-indulgent, but all the same a genius.
If, like me, you were forced to plough through a vast and flatulent critical apparatus when you read Shakespeare at school and college, it is wonderfully refreshing to come across him again as his first mass readership did: with no glosses, no notes, just the speeches and the stage directions.
Worth twice the cover price.
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