The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Sixth Edition
Why do we need a new edition of Shakespeare’s plays? Listen to what David Bevington has to say in his preface to this sixth edition:
“No period in history has seen such an extensive study of Shakespeare, and no period has experienced so many revolutions in critical method: feminist, new historical, deconstructive, post-colonial, and more. My attempt has been [constantly] to reeducate myself, to learn more about the complexities of meaning and the innumerable alternative possibilities that present themselves to the student of Shakespeare. Above all, I have tried to learn how to improve accessibility and clarity for today’s reader in the interpretation of this extraordinary body of dramatic literature.
My hope is that the sixth edition offers students and general readers the most accessible and usable Shakespeare anthology on the market.”
Surely one of today’s premier Shakespeare scholars, David Bevington is also an extraordinary teacher whose concern is always how to make these remarkable plays compelling for every reader. Bevington’s work addresses the primary problems most of us have with reading Shakespeare–an unfamiliarity both with the historical period and with the challenging language–by providing a comprehensive General Introduction that offers wide-ranging historical, cultural, and critical context for our reading, as well as clear, accessible, line-by-line glosses for the sometimes bewildering Elizabethan language and idioms. At a time when many of us come to Shakespeare by way of film, Bevington brings us back to the wonder of the words.
Also available: VangoNotes: How to Study Shakespeare offers a new way to hear and experience Shakespeare’s language through downloadable podcasts.
Visit us at www.pearsonhighered.com--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
This compilation was/is targeted for the American college student. It has worked the originals into more comprehensible or approachable versions. Read morePublished 18 months ago by jdfx
I think that the price is too high for the finished product. The leather does not look real and the book is smaller than I thought.Published 19 months ago by S. F. Semeniuk
This review is about form, not content. And just about the Kindle version. Is SUCKS. It has no decent Table of Contents, which means that you can't easily find the individual... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Julia Biró
This book does not contain long winded dissertations or explanations. We have no distracting, no annotations, and foot notes; in fact nothing to distract us from the pure... Read morePublished 21 months ago by bernie
Bought it for a class, loved it. I still have even today, it's very complete with notes. It has all the complete work of Shakespeare. A+Published on June 29 2012 by Julie Adams
I was a bit disapointed that the 100 year old book (that I purchased only for the shelf) was not as seen. Read morePublished on Oct. 11 2011 by Stephen Gaspar
Bevington's Complete Works of Shakespeare is a priceless source for the writings of history's greatest author. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by David James Trapp