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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (Sept. 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141192577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141192574
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Founded in 1906 by J.M. Dent, the Everyman Library has always tried to make the best books ever written available to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible price. Unique editorial features that help Everyman Paperback Classics stand out from the crowd include: a leading scholar or literary critic's introduction to the text, a biography of the author, a chronology of her or his life and times, a historical selection of criticism, and a concise plot summary. All books published since 1993 have also been completely restyled: all type has been reset, to offer a clarity and ease of reading unique among editions of the classics; a vibrant, full-color cover design now complements these great texts with beautiful contemporary works of art. But the best feature must be Everyman's uniquely low price. Each Everyman title offers these extensive materials at a price that competes with the most inexpensive editions on the market-but Everyman Paperbacks have durable binding, quality paper, and the highest editorial and scholarly standards. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright of the 16th and 17 centuries, now widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the word's pre-eminent dramatist.

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By James Kirk on July 26 2014
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Time passes in a smiling way as I read two lines and ponder the meaning and beauty of each one. You must take time to read
a sonnet. Each one is a treasure of caring and anticipation of loving. Amazing stuff.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Feb. 2 2011
By Jarber3 - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This review is not about the text itself, but the presentation done by Penguin and Bickford-Smith. As with each of her designs in this series it is beautiful. A timeless presentation of a literary classic.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Poor linking makes this title unusable Aug. 1 2013
By Geoff Coffey - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
The kindle version of this book has two flaws that make it completely unusable:

1: The table of contents is linked, but it only has a single entry for "Sonnets" so there is no way to go to a particular sonnet without simply scrubbing back and forth trying to hunt it down. Since there is lots of front- and back-matter, this is essentially impossible to do.

2: Although there are many footnotes, none of them are linked, so they are unaccessible in any reasonable way.

I can't imagine one single person has ever bought this book and not regretted it. Thank you Amazon for the prompt refund, and shame on Penguin for caring so little. You're far better off with "The New Cambridge" version, which is properly linked and also very well annotated.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully bound voluem Jan. 14 2013
By dp - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Another beautifully bound Penguin Classic. A hard-bound collection of Shakespeare's sonnets is mandatory for any library of classic literature. Please do yourself a favor and don't purchase this book for your stupid kindle. Purchase it for your shelf or coffee table. Purchase it for your family and friends to read and reread throughout the years.

Highly recommend this and any other Penguin Classic hardcover in this beautifully crafted series.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Kindle Edition Disappointing Sept. 8 2011
By Melinda Varian - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Alas, Penguin has not chosen to make a useful version of this book for the Kindle. Navigation is very poorly set up. There is an active table of contents, but it does not list the individual sonnets, nor does it break the annotations section out by sonnet. Much worse is that there is no linkage between a sonnet and the annotations for that sonnet. It would have been very easy to set up such links (forwards and backwards); the result would have been a really useful book. Surely they realize that the typical user will want to consult the annotations for a sonnet when reading that sonnet. What a pity they've not done a better job!

Edited to Add: In the end, I returned this Kindle book. It was full of very bad scan errors. In some cases, I couldn't even figure out what the nonsense word was meant to be. In addition, the annotations section was formatted in such a way that one couldn't use the cursor to select a word to look up in the dictionary or a group of words to highlight.

What a pity Penguin takes so little care with its ebooks!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Wife Loved this book. Jan. 13 2013
By Adam M. Olsen - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My wife collects classic books and anything that is old. She mostly buys to read them but alot of the time she buys them just to decorate and add some old school look to our house. Great book.