Every bit as dazzling as the best of his dramas and comedies, Shakespeare's sonnets represent one of finest bodies of poetry ever penned. And because they are love poems of an extraordinarily personal variety, these timeless sonnets also afford us our most intimate glimpses of the soul behind the genius that was Shakespeare. As read by the legendary Sir John Gielgud -- perhaps the greatest interpreter of the Bard we shall ever know -- the sonnets in this selection come alive with all the passion and profound human insight of their brilliant creator.
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John Dover Wilson's New Shakespeare, published between 1921 and 1966, became the classic Cambridge edition of Shakespeare's plays and poems until the 1980s. The series, long since out-of-print, is now reissued. Each work contains a lengthy and lively introduction, main text, and substantial notes and glossary.From the Inside Flap:
Shakespeare's sonnets, the greatest of Elizabethan sonnet sequences, were first published in an unauthorized version in 1609. William Shakespeare was then forty-five years old, a successful playwright, a country gentleman, and an affluent member of the Globe, the most important theatrical enterprise in London.
Although the sonnets are among the finest poems in the English language, questions about them have preoccupied scholars for several hundred years. This edition portrays the sonnets in the order and sequence thought to be traditional.
This edition of the sonnets also includes imaginative, flowing illustrations of Charles Robinson. One of the most popular of Edwardian artists, he was acclaimed for his highly original coloring and flights of fantasy. His illustrations add an unusual dimension to the sonnets, which are unequalled in their poetic power, exploration of intimate human relationships, and sensitivity to tragedy of human aspirations.
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