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Offering the most comprehensive scholarly apparatus available in any Shakespeare text, this anthology provides extensive introductions to the plays and poems - offering discussion topics, sources for each play, and the stage history of performances.
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The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Sixth Edition
Why do we need a new edition of Shakespeare’s plays? Listen to what David Bevington has to say in his preface to this sixth edition:
“No period in history has seen such an extensive study of Shakespeare, and no period has experienced so many revolutions in critical method: feminist, new historical, deconstructive, post-colonial, and more. My attempt has been [constantly] to reeducate myself, to learn more about the complexities of meaning and the innumerable alternative possibilities that present themselves to the student of Shakespeare. Above all, I have tried to learn how to improve accessibility and clarity for today’s reader in the interpretation of this extraordinary body of dramatic literature.
My hope is that the sixth edition offers students and general readers the most accessible and usable Shakespeare anthology on the market.”
Surely one of today’s premier Shakespeare scholars, David Bevington is also an extraordinary teacher whose concern is always how to make these remarkable plays compelling for every reader. Bevington’s work addresses the primary problems most of us have with reading Shakespeare–an unfamiliarity both with the historical period and with the challenging language–by providing a comprehensive General Introduction that offers wide-ranging historical, cultural, and critical context for our reading, as well as clear, accessible, line-by-line glosses for the sometimes bewildering Elizabethan language and idioms. At a time when many of us come to Shakespeare by way of film, Bevington brings us back to the wonder of the words.
Also available: VangoNotes: How to Study Shakespeare offers a new way to hear and experience Shakespeare’s language through downloadable podcasts.
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Book Description The London Printing and Publishing Company, London, 1988. Full-Leather. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, as Issued. Scott, T. D. (illustrator). 'He Complete Works Of Shakespeare Revised From The Original Editions: Comedies [One Volume Only]", No Jacket, As Issued. 4To - Over 9¾" - 12" Tall. "With Historical And Analytical Introductions To Each Play, Also Notes Explanatory And Critical, And A Life Of The Poet: By J. O. Halliwell . . . Elegantly And Appropriately Illustrated By Portraits Engraved On Steel, From Daguerreotypes Of The Greatest And Most Intellectual Actors Of The Age, Taken In The Embodiment Of The Varied And Life-Like Characters Of Our Great National Poet." Original Full-Leather Binding With Raised Ribbed Spine, Ornamental Stamped Front And Back Boards; Bright Gilt Lettering And Ornaments On Spine; Bright Gilt Borders On Front And Back Boards; Marbled Endpapers. There Are Some Signs Of Extremely Slight Rubbing To The Edges Of The Original Dark Green Full-Leather Binding And There Is A Little Minor Foxing On A Few Pages. Otherwise, Overall, This Book Is In Very Good Condition. Front And Back Hinges Tight. Most Pages Clean And Bright. A Very Nice Looking Book. N.D. [Ca. 1860S.] Scarce. Seller Inventory # 8633