66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Works Of Shakespeare
I was looking for a book which contained the plays of Shakespeare as I needed to select which would be most appropriate to use as a drama workshop. I chose this book because it was very cheap.
The book is very chunky and it features ALL his plays and major poems/sonnets. Each page has two columns of text in very small print, so if you don't have good eye sight, I...
Published on 3 Feb 2005 by MiniMog
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Complete Works of William Shakespeare
This book is beautifully presented, don't get me wrong. However, I ordered one and the inside cover was peeling and the text was not print properly in some areas. I sent it back and amazon refunded me, no problem. I ordered another copy and the text was still not printed properly, so I sent it back for another refund.
The book is a fantastic edition if you are...
Published 12 months ago by Jonathan J. Spencer
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Works Of Shakespeare,
This review is from: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Wordsworth Special Editions) (Paperback)I was looking for a book which contained the plays of Shakespeare as I needed to select which would be most appropriate to use as a drama workshop. I chose this book because it was very cheap.
The book is very chunky and it features ALL his plays and major poems/sonnets. Each page has two columns of text in very small print, so if you don't have good eye sight, I wouldn't recommend this book. It's also quite smudgy and the text is quite cramped. I don't feel this book is suitable to work from, to annotate etc.. However, it is as useful as a dictionary when it comes to looking up quotes and is brilliant to have around in order to recommend speeches to students. It also has a very useful Glossary at the back for those words which are uncommon/not used nowadays and includes information from the original folio.
To summarise... a book very worth the money, useful as a point of reference but not a book to be worked from.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Option I Could Find,
Having sampled a number of 'Complete' editions for Kindle, it soon became apparent that there were a range of options, all with their own pros, cons and quirks, from poorly presented text (e.g. one had everything wedged together, no line breaks and only italics used to separate dialogue from everything else), lacking (or absent) contents pages and shoddy (or absent) browsing, to misplaced stage-directions and even missing lines (seriously!).
The stand-alone plays seem to fair much better in the formatting department than the complete works, but if it's a single collection you want, with all the trimmings, then this DELPHI CLASSICS edition is the edition I'd recommend (be sure to check the link at the top of this review, as reviews seem to be shared across a range of similar products). As I said at the beginning, this particular edition contains not only the complete plays and sonnets, but a vast array of additional works and extras to compliment and flesh-out everything (including biographies, illustrations, photographs, background information on each work, etc.). It features a full and fully-linked contents page, as well as linked contents to each individual work, and, although the text is a little cramped, it is clear enough to easily distinguish between character, dialogue and stage-direction.
As far as I can tell, no Complete Works collection on Kindle is perfect, but this Delphi Classics edition appears to be the best of the bunch.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wrong title,
I suppose that, if you dug hard enough, you'd be able to save yourself a couple of quid and get all of this stuff, including the extras and the apocryphal works, for free. I started down that road, but what you get is a lot of different formats of varying quality, many without active ToCs - which makes navigation a decided chore, if not practically impossible. And what about searching? If I wanted to find a particular word in one play, for example - no problemo. But what if I wanted to find if the Bard had ever used it? Only a complete collection will perform that trick in no time, and Delphi's ToC is as detailed and therefore as useful as I've come to expect from them.
I said that maybe you could find all of the material in this collection for free, but actually I seriously doubt it. For £1.87, quite frankly it's not worth looking, even without the objection in the previous paragraph. And what additional material! One literary genius - be it Johnson, Tolstoy, Coleridge or Victor Hugo - speaking about another is worth it on its own. There are then three layers: the 16th century Shakespeare, mediated by the 18th, 19th or 20th century Hazlitt or Shaw, speaking to us in the 21st. That's a fascinating study by itself.
A previous reviewer has castigated the edition for its errors, which make it "useless". I didn't put the word "errors" in speech marks, because undeniably there are some. I'm not enough of a Shakespeare buff to pick wrong words (and with the variety of sources available, especially for "King Lear", this task must be a fraught one indeed), but the formatting could do with improvement. A minor glitch concerns stage directions, which occasionally aren't differentiated from the text. In Macbeth Act I scene 3, for example, according to Delphi's text the Third Witch says "Here I have a pilot's thumb / Wreck'd as homeward he did come / Drum within". Obviously the last two words haven't been italicised as they should have been. There are several examples scattered throughout the text, and I'm guessing that would apply throughout the collection.
A more serious criticism concerns my inability to point you, gentle reader, to the exact line number for the reference above. There are no line numbers in the text, which makes it awkward when you come across (for example) a reference to Thomas Middleton's authorship of Act IV Scene 1 lines 39-43 and 125-132 (the first being Hecate's lines). Mere counting doesn't seem to get me anywhere sensible with the second lot of lines. It would be good to have line numbers, as all printed editions seem to do.
However, I think the reviewer's negative comments are completely off the mark. If he was a Shakespeare scholar looking to weigh the significance of every word, fair enough - every error would be serious. But I'm not, and I'm guessing that most of you aren't either - we're general readers, for whom 98% accuracy is enough. But then, if he was a Shakespeare scholar he wouldn't be using an edition like this, but rather a critical one with all the critical apparatus of extensive and scholarly footnotes. Delphi's edition is more than fit for purpose, which is why I'm giving it five stars despite my (minor) criticisms above.
There's another reason for the five stars despite the errors. Delphi updates their editions for free - frequently, as you can see from their website. I've just done that with this Shakespeare, and I didn't even purchase it from Delphi direct, but from Amazon. I thought I'd put Delphi to the test, so I emailed Amazon's support department and asked for the free update. Within 24 hours it was on my Kindle. This free updating is Delphi's advantage over any other complete collection I've come across, and it's the reason why I've learned since I got my Kindle for Christmas to stick with them unless there's a reason a darn sight more compelling than any of the negative ones I've written about here. And no, I have no connection with Delphi - I've just been walking around in a perpetual daze over the last couple of months at how much is available for free on Kindle, and how much you can get for next to nothing - with Delphi, it seems, being the pick of the crop.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare for true geeks,
This review is from: Shakespeare: The Complete Works (Collector's Library Editions) (Hardcover)If shakespeare is your bag, then this book is perfect. It has all the plays (including some of the more random) as well as a collection of his sonnets and poems. Each page has some illustration with a quote taken from one of his classic stories and the pages are well laid out and easy to read
The book is beautifully presented with a golden internal spine and certainly had a real weight and quality to it.
The only criticism i could make is that it is large, and heavy (my book self struggled) but it really is worth building a new bookself just for this collection. It is a real treasure to have and i thoroughly reccomend it.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars big iphone fan,
This review is from: Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Kindle Edition)I bought this and a load of other free kindle books for iphone at the same time.
I find it great; stuck in a queue, whip out the iphone and read a bit of Shakespeare. I have so far read Henry IV part 1, which I studied in school and Henry the IV part 2, which completed something I'd wanted to do for years. I have a book version of the complete works, but it is too unweildly to read, other than sitting at a table. Thumbs up to Will I am S.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars shakespeare,
This review is from: Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection) (Leather Bound)again another great product from amazon and the companies they use,im in the middle of reading hamlet at the moment and im enjoying it more than i thought i would, iv herd people rant about hamlet and just thought they were just being snobby but i must say its a fantastic read, im looking forward to reading all the other shakespeare plays ect.
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars England's greatest writer,
This review is from: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Wordsworth Special Editions) (Paperback)William Shakespeare is renowned for being England's greatest writer, and arguably the greatest writer the World has ever known. Most people will have come across Shakespeare in one form or another, whether it be reading him at school, hearing his works quoted, or seeing a film that is based on one of his plays. The borrowings from Shakespeare are wide and varied, and many day to day sayings such as "Cruel to be kind", "Too much of a good thing" and "Wild-goose chase" all have their origins in Shakespeare.
This book is a collection of all 37 plays, all 152 sonnets and some of his longer poems. They don't have to be read in order, and there is no reason to read all of them in one sitting - it's just great to be able to pick up a single volume to be able to read 'King Lear', or 'Hamlet', or 'Henry V' whenever the mood takes you. There is something for every mood here, from lightweight comedy to dark, harrowing tragedy.
My only criticism is that with a book this large it is often hard to keep a softcover edition in good condition. It needs a little more looking after, so if you want to keep this fantastic collection of literary works in good condition, do yourself a favour and get a hardcover edition, but for those on a budget, this is an ideal way to get your hands on some of the greatest literature ever written!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete as you can get.......,Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Illustrated)
This a another fine examplefrom the Delphi Complete series. Unless you need to purchase a Shakespeare play for academic research reasons, then I would suggest this is the best purchase you can get at this price range of Shakespeares Works. Included in the Delphi addition are a wealth of extras including the approcaphal plays and historical sources for the plays. A wonderful addition to anyones kindle collection, it is still worth purchasing for the extras alone if you are studing Shakespeare and have purchased other versions of the plays.
I give this five stars as Delphi are always adding improvements to their products and indicates the care and long term commitment they take in compiling their products
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good as a reference,
This review is from: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Wordsworth Special Editions) (Paperback)While this is perhaps not the ideal book for study or part learning, it is very good as a reference. While the layout is quite condensed, the print small it is all very clear and this seems a reasonable volume for those with an interest in the works of Shakespeare...the value is excellent.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great tome to the Bard,
This review is from: Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection) (Leather Bound)There's no doubt that William Shakespeare is one of the greatest playwrights and poets in the history of Western literature, whose influence and legacy continues to this day. And anyone whose has appreciation for Shakespeare will know that they must have his complete works in their personal library, especially leatherbound hardcover copies; a fitting tribute to the Bard of Avon. This beautiful and reasonably priced leatherbound is a wonderful collection of all Shakespeare's works; all his plays, sonnets, poems and other work, including a glossary to help you understand the dramatic "olde" English Shakespeare used. The cover is a wonderful design, making it stand out in any library with a fantastic portrait of the poet, with nice additions of the gold-coloured fabric bookmark and the golden-lined pages.
Get this book and read Shakespeare in style.
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