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on 7 March 2011
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.