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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.

This is the finest edition of Shakespeare available for students and home use.

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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395858226
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 2096
  • Product dimensions: 8.59 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 3.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Evans currently resides in Cambrige, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
General Introduction 1
Twentieth-Century Shakespeare Criticism 27
Shakespeare's Text 55
Glossary of Selected Bibliography Terms 70
Chronology and Sources 77
Opening Pages of the First Folio 89
The Comedy of Errors 111
The Taming of the Shrew 138
The Two Gentlemen of Verona 177
Love's Labor's Lost 208
A Midsummer Night's Dream 251
The Merchant of Venice 284
The Merry Wives of Windsor 320
Much Ado about Nothing 361
As You Like It 399
Twelfth Night, or What You Will 437
The History of Troilus and Cressida 477
All's Well That Ends Well 533
Measure for Measure 579
The First Part of Henry the Sixth 623
The Second Part of Henry the Sixth 668
The Third Part of Henry the Sixth 711
The Tragedy of Richard the Third 748
The Life and Death of King John 805
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second 842
The First Part of Henry the Fourth 884
The Second Part of Henry the Fourth 928
The Life of Henry the Fifth 974
The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth 1022
The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus 1065
The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet 1101
The Tragedy of Julius Caesar 1146
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark 1183
The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice 1246
The Tragedy of King Lear 1297
The Tragedy of Macbeth 1355
The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra 1391
The Tragedy of Coriolanus 1440
The Life of Timon of Athens 1489
Pericles, Prince of Tyre 1527
Cymbeline 1565
The Winter's Tale 1612
The Tempest 1656
The Two Noble Kinsmen 1689
The Reign of King Edward the Third 1732
Sir Thomas More: The Additions Ascribed to Shakespeare 1775
Venus and Adonis 1797
The Rape of Lucrece 1814
Sonnets 1839
A Lover's Complaint 1875
The Passionate Pilgrim 1881
The Phoenix and Turtle 1889
A Funeral Elegy by W. S. 1893
App. A Shakespeare's Plays in Performance: From 1660 to 1971 1905
App. B Shakespeare's Plays in Performance: From 1970 1932
App. C Records, Documents, and Allusions 1951
App. D Annals, 1552-1616 1979
Selected Bibliography 2021
Index to the Characters in the Plays 2036
Index to First Lines of the Sonnets 2045
Index to First Lines of The Passionate Pilgrim 2047
Index to First Lines of Songs and Song Snatches 2047
Selected Glossary 2049
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2003

    Shakespeare in his own words

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    The best annotated version of Shakespeare I have ever encountered

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2015

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    Oceans of ink have been written about Shakespeare's works, so I

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013


    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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