The Riverside Shakespeare / Edition 2

The Riverside Shakespeare / Edition 2

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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The Riverside Shakespeare / Edition 2

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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ISBN-13: 9780395858226
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/28/1997
Pages: 2096
Product dimensions: 8.59(w) x 10.87(h) x 3.09(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Abbreviations General Introduction Shakespeare's Text Chronology and Sources Opening Pages of the First Folio Comedies The Comedy of Errors The Taming of the Shrew The Two Gentlemen of Verona Love's Labors Lost A Midsummer Night's Dream The Merchant of Venice The Merry Wives of Windsor Much Ado about Nothing As You Like It Twelfth Night, or What You Will The History of Troilus and Cressida All's Well That Ends Well Measure for Measure Histories The First Part of Henry the Sixth The Second Part of Henry the Sixth The Third Part of Henry the Sixth The Tragedy of Richard the Third The Life and Death of King John The Tragedy of King Richard the Second The First Part of Henry the Fourth The Second Part of Henry the Fourth The Life of Henry the Fifth The Famous History of the Life of Henry the Eighth Tragedies The Tragedy of Titus Andronicus The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet The Tragedy of Julius Caesar The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice The Tragedy of King Lear The Tragedy of Macbeth The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra The Tragedy of Coriolanus The Life of Timon and Athens Romances Pericles, Prince of Tyre Cymbeline The Winter's Tale The Tempest The Two Noble Kinsmen Edward III Sir Thomas More: The Additions Ascribed to Shakespeare Poems Venus and Adonis The Rape of Lucrece Sonnets A Lover's Complaint The Passionate Pilgrim The Phoenix and Turtle A Funeral Elegy for Master William Peter Appendix A. Shakespeare's Plays in Performance, from 1660 to the Present (updated) Appendix B. Records, Documents, and Allusions Appendix C. Annals, 1552-1616 Appendix D. Recent Criticism Selected Bibliography Index to the Characters in the Plays Index to First Lines of the Sonnets Index to First Lines of The Passionate Pilgrim Index to First Lines of Songs and Song Snatches Selected Glossary Genealogical Tables

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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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