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The Norton Shakespeare: Tragedies: Based on the Oxford Edition [Paperback]

Stephen J. Greenblatt , Walter Cohen , Jean E. Howard

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March 1 2008 0393931404 978-0393931402 2 Pap/Psc
Instructors and students worldwide welcomed the fresh scholarship, lively and accessible introductions, helpful marginal glosses and notes, readable single-column format, all designed in support of the goal of the Oxford text: to bring the modern reader closer than before possible to Shakespeare's plays as they were first acted. Now, under Stephen Greenblatt's direction, the editors have considered afresh each introduction and all of the apparatus to make the Second Edition an even better teaching tool.

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  • Paperback: 1168 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 2 Pap/Psc edition (March 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393931404
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393931402
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 962 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Convenient Nov. 4 2009
By J. N. Goslee - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm taking a shakespeare class, and bringing one of these books to class is much more convenient than carrying the giant onionskin all in one version.

The page numbers are of course different, but the pages are laid out exactly the same and contains the same introductory material as the one book version.

Definitely worth the extra 15 dollars this version cost, and it looks prettier on my bookshelf.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light, But Not Durable Jan. 14 2013
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
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The benefit of the paperback is it's lighter, which is nice. Especially when hauling it to class every day. But the pages are so thin that if you want to make notes on them, they show through on the other side and mangle the paper. The pages are also easily torn when flipping through.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars almost great June 3 2012
By S. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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My review reports a change from the standard text of Taming of the Shrew and I would be interested in knowing if such a discrepancy is present in the First Edition of Norton's Collected Works of Shakespeare (in any of the various methods of volume divisions).

I have been comparing the versions of Pelican, Bevington, Greenblatt(Norton, 2nd Ed) and the "No Fear" texts for the comedies. I have read through Taming of the Shrew and would say Norton provides the best explanations of terms and ideas difficult for those not familiar with the vernacular of Shakespeare's plays. However, where the Norton edition lacks is in a tendency to occasionally change words from the standard text, either due to using the "Oxford Edition" or perhaps an attempt to clarify. However, just as the paraphrasing of "No Fear" obliterates Shakespeare's plays on words as it generally clarifies (although the original text remains parallel to it), the same appears to be the case in very limited cases for the Norton edition. I have read of peculiar liberties being taken for the sake of clarity in other Norton editions, such as Paradise Lost. The example I am thinking about for Taming of the Shrew occurs in the beginning of the play:

Bevington, Pelican & No Fear:
Hostess: I know my remedy. I must go fetch the thirdborough.
Sly: Third, or fourth, or fifth burough, I'll answer him by the law.

Norton:
Hostess: I know my remedy. I must go fetch the headborough.
Sly: Third, or fourth, or fifth burough, I'll answer him by the law.

Headburough just seems wrong here and even if it has better evidence (does it?), or is better for students, I think a note in the text of Norton to the standard text used by Bevington, Pelican and No Fear should be included in such an extreme instance.

Although such instances are probably rare, I would suggest for the enthusiast who want a collected works version to try to read one of the other texts along with Norton's to take advantage of the better glosses of Norton, but also avoid missing word-play or other such features of the standard texts.

Now, to Norton's credit, it was the only version to include the "questionable" (and so-labeled in the book) additions of more dialogue by Sly, the Lord & company, including additional ending material, which wraps up the story of Sly whereas the standard text leaves the reader hanging after Act 1, Scene 1.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Aug. 21 2012
By missvix - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this book for school. It was easy and fun to read. A great compilation of Shakespeare's works. Also, at the beginning of each work is a sort of intro, giving a bit of background about the proceeding work.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 17 2014
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellence service! Item as described!

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