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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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47 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

Best Complete Edition

This complete works of William Shakespeare are for people who do not feel the need/want footnotes that explain parts of the plays in detail like those that are available in books that contain only one of his plays such as the Folger edition for example. Despite of this,...
This complete works of William Shakespeare are for people who do not feel the need/want footnotes that explain parts of the plays in detail like those that are available in books that contain only one of his plays such as the Folger edition for example. Despite of this, for the true Shakespearen fan this book is great because every time a character's name appears in the plays their names are written in full. This is unlike some complete works of Shakespeare that introduces the characters but then shorthands their name at a beginning of a character's line. The typing is easy to read and beautiful. It's also a beautiful hardcover that any book lover would be proud to display on his/her bookshelf. Plus, it comes with it's own golden bookmark attached to the book so you can keep your place. A great book to read from cover to cover if your a Shakespeare fan whether this is your first time through some of his plays or the third or fourth time.

posted by Anonymous on April 14, 2007

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16 out of 61 people found this review helpful.

NO FOOTNOTES no line numbers

This book is horrible. THere are no footnotes in the whole book. B&N should change this book and include footnotes. THere are also no line numbers line numbers line numbers line numbers.

posted by Anonymous on March 17, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    NO FOOTNOTES no line numbers

    This book is horrible. THere are no footnotes in the whole book. B&N should change this book and include footnotes. THere are also no line numbers line numbers line numbers line numbers.

    16 out of 61 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2010

    Takes the flair out of Shakespeare due to a single, fatal flaw...

    I would not recommend this edition to anyone but someone really trying to get his complete works cheap who has no intention of enjoying them.

    The cover is nice, the back is also beautiful. The pages, however, are painted at the ends with gold. I guess to give it a more extravagant look, it looks kind of cheap though. It's not a deal breaker however, or anything major.

    When you open the book up, the plays are in chronological order, and there is a glossary in the back, every play and sonnet he wrote.

    Now, the pages themselves look to be of cheap quality. They just don't ''feel right'' when you open the book up to read.

    And here's the biggest problem I have with this:

    The text is way, way too small. I have to strain my eyes to read it, and it really takes the spirit out of Shakespeares' work. It's almost unreadable. There's an excess amount of words on every page, and all in extremely small print just to fit all his works into the book. You practically need a magnifying glass to see.

    There's also no footnotes whatsoever. And the glossary might as well not even be there, because chances are you won't even get the word you don't know in there, it's only a few pages long. And no footnotes means you won't understand archaic meanings, I can read it without footnotes, but clearly there are some words and phrases only scholars would know.

    In conclusion, if you want to get enjoyment out of Shakespeare, I would recommend a different version. Lack of footnotes, pointless glossary, and text so small you'll be using a microscope.

    11 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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