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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 7 Mar. 2011
This review is from: THE COMPLETE PLAYS OF SHAKESPEARE (Illustrated and Commented Edition) All of William Shakespeare's Unabridged Plays AND Yale Critical Analysis) THE COMPLETE ... (The Complete Works of Shakespeare Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Some years ago I purchased The Yale Shakespeare at a Barnes and Noble store in America. Though packed with very informative analysis and annotation, it is a huge, unwieldly volume running to over 1,500 pages. You can't take it to bed with you. So I was delighted when I saw that Kindle had brought out the Yale Shakespeare, decribed as "illustrated and annotated with Yale critical analysis".

The trouble is, it is not - annotated, that is. Yes, there is fairly brief (compared with the book) analysis at the end, but there is no annotation. The printed book contains extremely useful annotated comment on almost every line of every play as you read them. There is none here. The bald text of the Bard's work is available extensively as a free download. I had expected much more from this and I was very disappointed.
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Initial post: 4 Sep 2012 18:19:18 BDT
Graham Lyons says:
The annotations are vital to help newcomers, as I am, understand Skakespeare. AMAZON! Please live up to the description; include the original annotations of the Yale publication.
Graham Lyons

Posted on 25 Oct 2012 13:58:11 BDT
I agree with Escalus. A while ago I bought the Golgotha Press edition of As You Like It, described by Amazon as "Annotated with Biography and Critical Essay" but it was no such thing. There was no annotation and the essay was not much more than a short history of the Globe Theatre. It was disappointing and since then I always read a review first.
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