The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Special Editions) Paperback – 5 Aug 1996
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remains the mo,st distinctive, and in many ways the best, one-volume Shakespeare currently available and will not be easily replaced. (Forum for Modern Languages)
beautifully produced (Brian Vickers, Times Literary Supplement)
Pound for pound the most consistently interesting and provocative edition of Shakespeare ever published. (Andrew Murphy, Around the Globe)
Oxford has launched- the ballistic image does seem apt- a second single volume version of its revolutionary edition, which first excited and outraged Shakespeareans in 1986. Oxford's Complete Works has a solid, traditional look but explodes into cutting-edge controversy inside. (Independent) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
William Shakespeare was born in April 1564 in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, on England s Avon River. When he was eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway. The couple had three children an older daughter Susanna and twins, Judith and Hamnet. Hamnet, Shakespeare s only son, died in childhood. The bulk of Shakespeare s working life was spent in the theater world of London, where he established himself professionally by the early 1590s. He enjoyed success not only as a playwright and poet, but also as an actor and shareholder in an acting company. Although some think that sometime between 1610 and 1613 Shakespeare retired from the theater and returned home to Stratford, where he died in 1616, others believe that he may have continued to work in London until close to his death.
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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.
So I was very happy to find this collection. I am most excited about these extra plays that I get in addition to the regular ones I wanted. As soon as I saw that I knew I had to have this collection. Also, I found it nice to read and I discovered I can read it both holding my Kindle vertical or horizontal. Its also simple to navigate.
So nothing more I could ask for :)
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.
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!
For me, the formatting of both the plays and the sonnets presents an enormous problem, which is exacerbated by the fact that I use a moderately large font size (4) due to my aging eyes.
The plays are presented with a fairly large left margin and a huge space between lines, even when this adjusted to make it smaller. The speaker's name is written in capitals, but indented to the same position as the text, which makes it much harder to follow. Simply shifting the name into the left margin would have been a huge improvement.
The sonnets, meanwhile, have the same large line spacing as the plays, which spreads each one out across two or more pages. There is no page break between sonnets, one runs into the next with only a number in plain text separating the two (not even an extra line to set them apart) and the whole set appear as a bit of a jumble.
I may be being picky here, and I know that it's difficult to format verse appropriately for a rather narrow page, but a bit more thought would have made this a much more enjoyable read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this as a present, gorgeous book with one issue - it came bound upside down and back to front! I'm pretending it makes it special as I don't have time to return...Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
what can I say, I had a hard cover copy, but this one is much easier to carry aroundPublished 7 days ago by Book worm
My gripe is that there is no index whatsoever. With over 37500 pages on my Kindle Edition how am I supposed to find the start of any of the Works. Read morePublished 2 months ago by SwaloPhoto