The Riverside Shakespeare

The Riverside Shakespeare

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by William Shakespeare
     
 

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The Second Edition of this complete collection of Shakespeare's plays and poems features two essays on recent criticism and productions, fully updated textual notes, a photographic insert of recent productions, and two works recently attributed to Shakespeare. The authors of the essays on recent criticism and productions are Heather DuBrow, University of Wisconsin

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The Second Edition of this complete collection of Shakespeare's plays and poems features two essays on recent criticism and productions, fully updated textual notes, a photographic insert of recent productions, and two works recently attributed to Shakespeare. The authors of the essays on recent criticism and productions are Heather DuBrow, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and William Liston, Ball State University, respectively.

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This handsome, deluxe volume is an absolute must for the bookshelf of every reader of the Bard. It contains all Shakespeare's plays and poetry, fully annotated.
Library Journal
This gorgeous, boxed, two-volume set includes the bard's full canon of plays supplemented with 50 illustrations as well as 40 pages of color and black-and-white plates, critical prefaces to each work, detailed notes on the texts, and many other goodies. This second edition also includes Edward III and "A Funeral Elegy," which scholars now believe to be written by old Will, as well as new essays on stage history and criticism. The appendixes, chronologies, and bibliographies have also been updated. Simply superb.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395172261
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
05/01/1974
Pages:
1923

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The Riverside Shakespeare 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Riverside Shakespeare is as close as one may hope to get to the original texts of the plays-- something Shakespeare never purposefully intended to produce. Each play is annotated with a complete editorial history. Take a look and see how much we've taken for granted, and marvel at the efforts of devoted scholars down through the ages. And there's lots of fun pictures, too!
BusySalesPro More than 1 year ago
What can I say? Shakespeare is timeless and excellent. I cannot add any more that has not already been said about THE master! I can comment that the annotations make this version especially accessible to literary amateurs like myself.
Bret_James_Stewart More than 1 year ago
Oceans of ink have been written about Shakespeare's works, so I see no reason to add my two pence. As to this edition, though, I have many good things to say. It is an academic edition, and I am please with the book for a number of reasons. First off, the book is attractive and well made. The hardcover is sturdy, the interior artwork is elucidating and fun, and the complete works are included, even the ones whose canonicity are only probable. Different scholars write the general and individual work introductions, which is nice as it adds variety and exposes the reader to different approaches and views of the works. The book is heavily glossed on the page where the text in question appears, which is great as you can simply look down to find the information. Most readers are not going to know all the nuances of Elizabethan English, so this glossing is vital to understanding ye olde utterances of The Bard. There are various appendices dealing with the stage history of the works, original source material, and timelines as well as a bibliography and selected glossary at the end. This book is my favourite by far of Shakespearean books in regard to completeness and reading aids. It also helps me get my exercise carrying it around the house as it clocks in at just over 2,000 pages. I read every one of them. You should, too. Regarding the plays, they are written to be performed and are best enjoyed, in my opinion, in performance combined with reading. I read first and after and have no preference myself as to which should be done first, but I definitely recommend both. I personally found the BBC versions of the plays to be great as they are Englishmen and talented. The videos are free on youtube. The BBC set out to do all the plays, which is great because you can watch some of the lesser performed works. I am not sure the canonical views of the BBC and this book match 100%, so a few of the plays that were previously not considered Shakespearean may not be available. Still, watch those you can. Then, read this wonderful text (or vice-versa) for a deeper enjoyment of these works; they really are timeless and worth the time necessary to invest in the experience.
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The description says that this is a two volume set. It is not. Also should have been wrapped in plastic and arrived partly damaged because of no packing materials. Barnes and Noble has the worst shipping packing of any company. This edition is the best in the world for Shakespeare. 5 stars for the book, 1 star for barnes and noble.
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