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The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works [Paperback]

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Richard Proudfoot is Emeritus Professor and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies in the University of London. He is the author of Shakespeare: Text, Stage, and Cannon and numerous essays on Shakespeare. He is a general editor of the Arden Shakespeare.

Ann Thompson is Professor of English Language and Literature and Head of the School of Humanities at King's College London. She has edited Hamlet for Arden and The Taming of the Shrew for Cambridge University Press. Her other publications include Shakespeare's Chaucer, Shakespeare, Meaning and Metaphor (with John O. Thompson), and Women Reading Shakespeare, 1660-1900 (with Sasha Roberts). She has also published widely on editing Shakespeare and Shakespeare's language. She is one of the general editors of the Arden Shakespeare.

David Scott Kastan is the Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, New York. His publications include Shakespeare and the Book, Shakespeare after Theory, and Shakespeare and the Shapes of Time. In addition, he has edited A Companion to Shakespeare, A New History of Early English Drama (with John Cox), and Staging the Renaissance (with Peter Stallybrass). He is one of the general editors of the Arden Shakespeare.
The Complete Arden Shakespeare contains the texts of all Shakespeare's plays and poems, edited by leading Shakespeare scholars for the renowned Arden Shakespeare series. This edition edition includes eight newly revised playtexts as published in the Arden Third Series since 1998.
A general introduction by the three General Editors of the ongoing Arden Shakespeare series gives the reader an overall view of how and why Shakespeare has become such an influential cultural icon, and how perceptions of his work have changed in the intervening four centuries. The introduction summarizes the known facts about the dramatist's life, his reading and use of sources, and the nature of theatrical performance during his lifetime.
Brief introductions to each play, written specially for this volume by the Arden General Editors, discuss the date and contemporary context of the play, its position within Shakespeare's oeuvre, and its subsequent performance history. An extensive glossary with nearly 400 entries explains vocabulary which may be unfamiliar to modern readers.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
General Editors' Preface
Shakespeare's Sonnets
A Lover's Complaint
Venus and Adonis
The Passionate Pilgrim
"The Phoenix and Turtle"
All's Well That Ends Well
Antony and Cleopatra
As You Like It
The Comedy of Errors
Julius Caesar
King Henry IV, Part 1
King Henry IV, Part 2
King Henry V
King Henry VI, Part 1
King Henry VI, Part 2
King Henry VI, Part 3
King Henry VIII
King John
King Lear
King Richard II
King Richard III
Love's Labour's Lost
Measure for Measure
The Merchant of Venice
The Merry Wives of Windsor
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado About Nothing
Romeo and Juliet
The Taming of the Shrew
The Tempest
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
Troilus and Cressida
Twelfth Night
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Two Noble Kinsmen
The Winter's Tale
Index of first lines of sonnets
Index of first lines of songs

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Pages   1347
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 2.25" Width: 7.25" Height: 10"
Weight:   4.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 5, 2001
Publisher   Arden
ISBN  1903436613  
ISBN13  9781903436615  

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works?

Big, bold, and great for Shakespeare enthusiasts  Jul 15, 2008
Instead of writing a regular review, I figured I'd rate this large book on a scale of 1-10 (ten being good) in several areas to give you idea of what you'd get.

As a book: 8
The font is great, the words are not scrunched together to save space, which gives it its rather large girth, but if I had to choose between reading at leisure or squinting and using a finger to stay on the right line, I'd choose the first.

Compilation: 6
It does have everything, and yes, it's in alphabetical order which may irritate some, but when you're a 10th grader looking for Julius Caesar, which would you rather find it quickly via your ABCs or have to find the index to see when it was written?

Age Appropriate: 7
Easy to follow if you're learning Shakespeare, based on the idea that the teacher is actually teaching you what the text means. It may not be the best first book if you're learning Shakespeare on your own, as it doesn't have an easy reference, but again, it's spacious text allows for easier reading.

Reference: 5
This is not the best reference book- in all honesty if you want to read Shakespeare indepth you'd be better off getting each play individually or a small collection of a plays with all the info.

Pairing: 10
Personally I'd rather pair this book with a reference book than have the text jumbled up with footnotes and on-page references (which tend to be squished together ala the King James Bible). You want facts? Pair this book with something like DK's Essential Shakespeare by Leslie Dunton-Downer.

Enthusiasts: 9
Usually Shakespeare enthusiasts like myself have every play in their own book, but this is a great Complete Works to add to the collection. If you don't need much help reading the texts, it's perfect.

Overall Rating: 8
As an actor, I can't live without this book. It's great for quickly finding monologues, and, well, it just looks cool and modern. If I need more details, I have a multitude of lectures and gathered knowledge to reference so having this book is a nice clean cut way of studying Shakespeare.
The Complete Works of Shakespeare  Jan 19, 2008
The product was exactly what it said it was - all of the plays of Shakespeare, in alphabetical order. There is a glossary in the back as well as an index. It was in very good condition.
Not for Teaching  Nov 8, 2007
I have taught several Shakespeare classes with several different texts. In the interest of my student's pocket-books I chose this complete works. The lack of editorial notes makes it unusable in class. I am also surprised by the decision to alphabetize the plays rather than arrange by date of composition (or presumed date of composition.)This is a sturdy volume, for a paperback, which is a mark in its favor, but the Riverside will be my edition of choice in all future classes.
For the price...  Jul 12, 2007
Well, if you're looking for an affordable collection of Shakespeare's works (plays and sonnets) to read, then this is definitely the book for you! If you're looking to intensely study Shakespeare and get as many footnotes and literary interpretations as possible, this is NOT the one for you. However, this collection's paper quality is all right, the words are actually readable, and you will find some introductory essays as well as a glossary of terms at the back. The glorified cardstock cover is prone to easy damage (even in the mail getting to me, as I discovered), though it is nicely colored.
A bargain!  Aug 7, 2006
Quite a bargain for $20, and lightweight compared to other Complete Works that are out there. It doesn't contain the detailed footnotes and endnotes of the individual Arden editions, but is extremely useful as a reference or a way of reading through all of Shakespeare's works.

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