The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works / Edition 2

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Hailed by The Washington Post as "a definitive synthesis of the best editions" and by The Times of London as "a monument to Shakespearean scholarship," The Oxford Shakespeare is the ultimate anthology of the Bard's work: the most authoritative edition of the plays and poems ever published.

Now, almost two decades after the original volume, Oxford is proud to announce a thoroughly updated second edition, including for the first time the texts of The Reign of Edward III and Sir Thomas More, recognizing these two plays officially as authentic works by Shakespeare. This beautiful collection is the product of years of full-time research by a team of British and American scholars and represents the most thorough examination ever undertaken of the nature and authority of Shakespeare's work. The editors reconsidered every detail of the text in the light of modern scholarship and they thoroughly re-examined the earliest printed versions of the plays, firmly establishing the canon and chronological order of composition. All stage directions have been reconsidered in light of original staging, and many new directions for essential action have been added. This superb volume also features a brief introduction to each work as well as an illuminating General Introduction. Finally, the editors have added a wealth of secondary material, including an essay on language, a list of contemporary allusions to Shakespeare, an index of Shakespearean characters, a glossary, a consolidated bibliography, and an index of first lines of the Sonnets.

Compiled by the world's leading authorities, packed with information, and attractively designed, The Oxford Shakespeare is the gold standard of Shakespearean anthologies.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"State-of-the-art scholarship...has come to stand as the edition of record of Shakespeare's poems and plays."—San Diego Union-Tribune

"Includes stage directions, introductions, and a trove of other scholarly goodies. A beauty."—Library Journal (starred review)

Library Journal
The editors draw largely from the earliest printed versions of the plays in an effort to produce an edition that is as close as possible to the originals as they would have appeared in the theater and include updated stage directions. With introductory essays, summaries of each play, and a glossary. (LJ 7/05)
Library Journal
This second edition updates the 1986 release. According to the publisher, this volume, which contains all the bard's plays, poems, and sonnets, "is the most exhaustive examination ever undertaken of the nature and authority of Shakespeare's works" by English and American scholars. The Pelican Shakespeare people may beg to differ, but let them duke it out. Along with the texts it includes stage directions, introductions, and a trove of other scholarly goodies. A beauty. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199267170
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1420
  • Sales rank: 114,704
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham, the Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Vice-Chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Gary Taylor is Professor in the English Department at the University of Alabama. John Jowett is Associate General Editor of the Oxford Collected Works of Thomas Middleton and co-author of Shakespeare Reshaped 1606-23. William Montgomery works for the Guardian newspaper.

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Table of Contents

Contemporary Allusions to Shakespeare
Commendatory Poems and Prefaces (1599-1640)
1. The Two Gentlemen of Verona
2. The Taming of the Shrew
3. The First Part of the Contention of the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster (2 Henry VI)
4. The True Tragedy of Richard Duke of York and the Good King Henry the Sixth (3 Henry VI)
5. The First Part of Henry the Sixth
6. The Most Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus
7. The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
8. Venus and Adonis
9. The Rape of Lucrece
10. The Reign of King Edward the Third
11. The Comedy of Errors
12. Love's Labour's Lost
13. Love's Labour's Won: A Brief Account
14. The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
15. The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
16. A Midsummer Night's Dream
17. The Life and Death of King John
18. The Comical History of The Merchant of Venice, or Otherwise Called the Jew of Venice
19. The History of Henry the Fourth (1 Henry IV)
20. The Merry Wives of Windsor
21. The Second Part of Henry the Fourth (2 Henry IV)
22. Much Ado About Nothing
23. The Life of Henry the Fifth
24. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
25. As You Like It
26. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
27. Twelfth Night, or What You Will
28. Troilus and Cressida
29. Sonnets and 'A Lover's Complaint'
30. Various Poems
31. Sir Thomas More
32. Measure for Measure
33. The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice
34. The Life of Timon of Athens
35. The History of King Lear: The Quarto Text
36. The Tragedy of Macbeth
37. The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
38. All's Well That Ends Well
39. Pericles, Prince of Tyre: A Reconstructed Text
40. The Tragedy of Coriolanus
41. The Winter's Tale
42. The Tragedy of King Lear: The Folio Text
43. Cymbeline, King of Britain
44. The Tempest
45. Cardenio: A Brief Account
46. All Is True (Henry VIII)
47. The Two Noble Kinsmen
Select Glossary

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2012

    Does Not Work on Nook Simple Touch

    This would be a great edition if it worked. The file is incompatible with my Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight. I'm very disappointed as this seems to be the only annotated edition in an eBook.

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    Posted January 29, 2013

    I purchased this book for use with the Nook iPad app. The app sa

    I purchased this book for use with the Nook iPad app. The app says this title cannot be viewed on this device. What a disappointment. I am working with BN customer service to get a refund, which the website says they do not do. Caveat emptor ... run for the door ... do NOT buy this title.

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

    Great edition

    This is a great collection for those interested in the complete works of William Shakespeare. It has everything and instead of grouping the plays and poems or sonnets differently, it puts them all together in the order they were most likely written. Of course some of the dating can be tricky to confirm but it is a fantastic resource. The only thing that bothered me about it was that there aren't any annotations or foot notes. Usually they are included and can be extremely helpful, so I was surprised that this volume did not include any among the text or at the end. The hardback is also very sturdy for travel.

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