The Complete Pelican Shakespeare / Edition 2

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THE CLASSIC ONE-VOLUME SHAKESPEARE, INCLUDING ALL THE PLAYS AND POEMS, NOW COMPLETELY REVISED AND UPDATED The distinguished Pelican Shakespeare series has sold five million copies. Now Penguin is proud to offer this fully revised new hardcover edition of The Complete Pelican Shakespeare. Since the series debuted more than forty years ago, developments in scholarship have revolutionized our understanding of William Shakespeare, his time, and his works. With new editors who have incorporated the most up-to-date research and debate, this revised edition of The Complete Pelican Shakespeare will be the premier choice for students, professors, and general readers for decades to come. The general editors of the series-world-renowned Shakespeareans Stephen Orgel of Stanford University and A. R. Braunmuller of UCLA - devoted seven years to preparing introductions and notes with a team of eminent scholars to the forty volumes of Shakespeare's plays and poems. Now, the new series is complete and available in one lavish and complete edition.
• Authoritative and meticulously researched texts
• Illuminating new introductions and notes by distinguished authors
• Essays on Shakespeare's life, the theatrical world of his time, and the selection of texts
• A handsome new design inside and out
• Deluxe packaging, including a full-linen case, ribbon marker, Smyth-sewn binding, printed endpapers, acid-free paper, and illustrations throughout
• Photos and drawings reflecting Shakespeare's theatrical legacy
• Line numbers marking every tenth line and footnote references
• Both glossorial and explanatory notes appearing conveniently at the foot of the page

Thirty-eight volumes of the Pelican Shakespeare series are brought together with many additiona editorial and textural features.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 01/01/2014
This work opens with short chapters about the theater, a biography, and a note on how the texts were compiled. There is a summary of each of the plays; the text is lucid and legible, with extensive footnotes.
Library Journal
Penguin Putnam shows true strength of Will by gathering all the titles in its Pelican Shakespeare line into a single, beautiful volume, complete with cloth covers and a ribbon marker. (LJ 11/15/02) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141000589
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Series: Pelican Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1808
  • Sales rank: 46,025
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 2.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Orgel is the J. E. Reynolds Professor in Humanities at Stanford University. His books include The Authentic Shakespeare, Impersonations: The Performance of Gender in Shakespeare's England, and The Illusion of Power. In addition to his Shakespeare editions, he has edited works of Ben Jonson, Marlowe, and Milton.

A. R. Braunmuller is professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA, where he teaches courses on English and European drama from 1500 to the present. He has written critical volumes on George Peele and George Chapman and has edited King John and Macbeth.

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Table of Contents

Publisher's Note
The Opening Pages of the Folio of 1623
The Quartos

General Introduction
The Shakespearian Theater World
William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon, Gentleman
The Texts of Shakespeare
A Comparative Table

Nondramatic Poetry
The Narrative Poems - edited by Jonathan Crewe:
Venus and Adonis
The Phoenix and the Turtle
The Passionate Pilgrim
A Lover's Complaint

The Sonnets - edited by Stephen Orgel with an Introduction by John Hollander
Index of First Lines to The Sonnets

The Two Gentlemen of Verona - edited by Mary Beth Rose
The Taming of the Shrew - edited by Stephen Orgel
The Comedy of Errors - edited by Frances E. Dolan
Love's Labor's Lost - edited by Peter Holland
A Midsummer Night's Dream - edited by Russ McDonald
The Merchant of Venice - edited by A.R. Braunmuller
The Merry Wives of Windsow - edited by Russ McDonald
Much Ado About Nothing - edited by Peter Holland
As You Like It - edited by Frances E. Dolan
Twelfth Night, or, What You Will - edited by Jonathan Crewe
The History of Troilus and Cressida - edited by Jonathan Crewe
Measure for Measure - edited by Jonathan Crewe
All's Well That Ends Well - edited by Claire McEachern
Pericles Prince of Tyre - edited by Stephen Orgel
Cymbeline - edited by Peter Holland
The Winter's Tale - edited by Frances E. Dolan
The Tempest - edited by Peter Holland

Genealogical Chart
Monarchs of England
The First Part of Henry the Sixth - edited by William Montgomery with an Introduction by Janis Lull
The Second Part of Henry the Sixth - edited by William Montgomery with an Introduction by Janis Lull
The Third Part of Henry the Sixth - edited by William Montgomery with an Introduction by Janis Lull
The Tragedy of King Richard the Third - edited by Peter Holland
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second - edited by Frances E. Dolan
The Life and Death of King John - edited by Claire McEachern
The First Part of King Henry the Fourth - edited by Claire McEachern
The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth - edited by Claire McEachern
The Life of King Henry the Fifth - edited by Claire McEachern
The Life of King Henry the Eighth - edited by Jonathan Crewe

Titus Andronicus - edited by Russ McDonald
Romeo and Juliet - edited by Peter Holland
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar - edited by William Montgomery with an Introduction by Douglas Trevor
The Tragical History of Hamlet Prince of Denmark - edited by A.R. Braunmuller
The Tragedy of Othello the Moor of Venice - edited by Russ McDonald
The Life of Timon of Athens - edited by Frances E. Dolan
King Lear: The 1608 Quarto and 1623 Folio Texts - edited by Stephen Orgel
King Lear: A Conflated Text - edited by Stephen Orgel
Macbeth - edited by Stephen Orgel
Antony and Cleopatra - edited by A.R. Braunmuller
The Tragedy of Coriolanus - edited by Jonathan Crewe
Index of Songs

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  • Posted February 12, 2009

    This book should be required both as a reference book and as required reading in every household library!!!

    I possess many volumes of "Complete Shakespeares", but if I was only able to keep one, this would be it. The binding, paper quality, type face, and readability are all the best. Hence a "five star" rating in all categories. If I were marooned on an island and could only have one book, without question it would be the Complete Pelican Shakespeare.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    A Must-Own for Shakespeare Lovers

    Overall, a lovely production. All of the Bard's work is presented in highly readable format and type, annotated effectively. The essays preceding each work, and those opening the book overall, are excellent - while long-time readers of Shakespeare might not agree with every interpretation, they will find even the most disputable ones provocative. It's a big book, not designed for toting on a plane ride, but it's much more than a "reference" book. At least read the essays before tackling the plays or poems. They alone are worth much more than the price of the book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2009

    Whole collection all in one place.

    This is a massive tome, but it is a beautiful addition to any home library.

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