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The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works / Edition 2

The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works / Edition 2


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The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works / Edition 2

The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works leatherbound collector's edition contains the texts of all Shakespeare's plays, including The Two Noble Kinsmen, which has only recently been widely accepted as partly written by Shakespeare, and also the Poems and Sonnets.

The play and verse texts are edited by leading academics, in the light of current scholarship on the different versions of the text available. Brief introductions to each play, written specially for this volume by the three Arden Shakespeare General Editors, discuss the date and contemporary context of the play, its position within Shakespeare's oeuvre, and its subsequent performance history. An extensive glossary explains vocabulary which may be unfamiliar to twentieth-century readers.

A general introduction, also by the Arden General Editors, gives the reader an overall view of how and why Shakespeare has become such an influential cultural icon, and how perceptions of his work have changed in the intervening four centuries. The introduction summarises the known facts about the dramatist's life, his reading and use of sources, and the nature of theatrical performance during his lifetime.

The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works leatherbound collector's edition offers a sound, reliable, classic edition of Shakespeare's work in an exquisitely presented volume, with marbled end-papers and a ribbon marker, that will appeal to book collectors and Shakespeare lovers throughout the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408152010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Series: Arden Shakespeare Series
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 1392
Sales rank: 322,705
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Richard Proudfoot is Emeritus Professor and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies in the University of London. He is the author of Shakespeare: Text, Stage, and Cannon and numerous essays on Shakespeare. He is a general editor of the Arden Shakespeare.

Ann Thompson is Professor of English Language and Literature and Head of the School of Humanities at King's College London. She has edited Hamlet for Arden and The Taming of the Shrew for Cambridge University Press. Her other publications include Shakespeare's Chaucer, Shakespeare, Meaning and Metaphor (with John O. Thompson), and Women Reading Shakespeare, 1660-1900 (with Sasha Roberts). She has also published widely on editing Shakespeare and Shakespeare's language. She is one of the general editors of the Arden Shakespeare.

David Scott Kastan is the Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, New York. His publications include Shakespeare and the Book, Shakespeare after Theory, and Shakespeare and the Shapes of Time. In addition, he has edited A Companion to Shakespeare, A New History of Early English Drama (with John Cox), and Staging the Renaissance (with Peter Stallybrass). He is one of the general editors of the Arden Shakespeare.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations vi

General Editors' prefac vii

Introduction 1

Why Shakespeare? 1

Shakespeare: the life 3

Shakespeare and the theatre 4

Shakespeare in print 6

Shakespeare's reading and reading Shakespeare 10

Afterlife 11

Shakespeare's Sonnets 18

A Lover's Complaint Katherine Duncan-Jones 44

Venus and Adonis 50

Lucrece 63

The Passionate Pilgrim 'The Phoenix and Turtle' F.T. Prince 88

All's Well That Ends Well Q.K. Hunter 121

cAntony and Cleopatra John Wilders 161

As You Like It Agnes Latham 191

The Comedy of Errors R.A. Foakes 191

Coriolanus Philip Brockbank 213

Cymbeline J.M. Nosworthy 253

Hamlet Harold Jenkins 291

Julius Caesar David Daniell 333

King Henry IV Part 1 A.R. Humphreys 361

King Henry IV Part 2 A.R. Humphreys 393

King Henry V Part 3 cT.W. Craik 429

King Henry VI, Part 1 Edward Burns 463

King Henry VI, Part 2 Ronald Knowles 495

King Henry VI, Part 3 AS. Cairncross 531

King Henry VIII Gordon McMullan 567

King John E.A.J. Honigmann 603

King Lear R.A. Foakes 633

King Richard II Peter Ure 701

King Richard III Antony Hammond 743

Love's Labour's Lost H.R. Woudhuysen 801

Macbeth Kenneth Muir 831

Measure for Measure J. W. Lever 859

The Merchant of Venice John Russell Brown 889

The Merry Wives of Windsor Giorgio Melchiori 913

A Midsummer Night's Dream Harold F. Brooks 941

Much Ado About Nothing A.R. Humphreys 979

Othello E.A.J. Honigmann 979

PericlesF.D. HoenigerRomeo and JulietBrian Gibbons 1007

The Taming of the Shrew Brian Morris 1041

The Tempest Virginia Mason Vaughan Alden T. Vaughan 1071

Timon of Athens H.J. Oliver 1097

Titus Andronicus Jonathan Bate 1125

Troilus and Cressida David Bevington 1153

Twelfth Night J.M. Lothian and T.W. Craik 1191

The Two Gentlemen of Verona Clifford Leech 1219

The Two Noble Kinsmen Lois Potter 1243

The Winter's Tale JM.PPafford 1279

Double Falsehood Brean Hammond 1313

Bibliography 1339

Index of first lines of sonnets 1345

Index of first lines of songs 1347

Glossary 1348

1 Title-page, with a portrait of Shakespeare engraved by Droeshout, from the First Folio printed by Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount, 1623 (British Library/ courtesy Bridgeman Art Library) viii

2 Shakespeare as twentieth-century cultural icon, selling lager(courtesy Carling Black Label) 2

3 Portrait of Richard Burbage, leading actor of the Chamberlain's Men (Dulwich Picture Gallery/courtesy Bridgeman Art Library) 4

4 The Globe Theatre, as recreated in the 1990s on London's Bankside (courtesy Globe Theatre) 5

5 Detail from Wenzel Hollar's engraving A Long Bird's-Eye View of London, 1647, showing the rebuilt Globe (Guildhall Library, Corporation of London/courtesy Bridgeman Art Library) 5

6 The principal actors in the King's Men, as listed in the First Folio of 1623 (courtesy British Library) 5

7 The earliest illustration of a work by-Shakespeare; a scene from Titus Andronictts, attributed Co Henry Peacham, c.1595, 1605 or 1615 (courtesy the Marquess of Bath, Longieat House, Warminster, Wilts) 6

8 Title-page of the First Quarto of Love's Labour's Lost, 1598 (courtesy British Library) 7

9 Title-page of the First Quarto of King Lear, 1608 (courtesy British Library) 7

10 The catalogue of 35 of Shakespeare's plays as listed in the First Folio, 1623 (courtesy British Library) 9

11 The second epistle 'To the great variety of readers', prefacing the First Folio, 1623, and signed by John Heminges and Henry Condell {courtesy British Library) 9

12 The three witches in the television cartoon version of Macbeth (1993) (courtesy S4C International) 12

13 David Garrick in four of his most famous Shakespearean roles, from a contemporary engraving (courtesy Bridgeman Art Library) 13

14 Ellen Terry as Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor (courtesy Hulton Deutsch Collection) 14

15 A modern production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1994) (courtesy Donald Cooper, Photostage) 14

16 Sir Henry Beerbohm Tree in the surviving silent film fragment of King John, 1899 (courtesy Hulton Picture Library) 15

17 Laurence Olivier as the King in the 1944 film of Henry K (courtesy The Kobal Collection) 15

18 Akira Kurosawa's Japanese film version of Macbeth, Throne of Blood, 1957 (courtesy The Kobal Collection) 15

19 Genealogical table showing the houses of York and Lancaster 464

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