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The Riverside Shakespeare [Hardcover]

William Shakespeare , G. Blakemore Evans , J.J M. Tobin
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Dec 31 1996 0395754909 978-0395754900 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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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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Format:Hardcover
I haven't read the other completed works extensively (although the Bevington and Norton editions seem to be the ones most highly praised), but the footnote format of the Riverside is so irritating that I'm selling the copy I bought last year for the first half of my 2nd-year Shakespeare survey course, and picking up either the Norton or the Bevington (although I have yet to personally see Bevington's footnote format). As was stated before, here are the problems with the annotation/footnotes:
The lines are numbered in a standard "every-fifth-line" format. This would be fine if we as readers weren't required to know exactly what line we're on at all times, but the footnotes demand this.
For example:
"Therefore thy threat'ning colors now wind up" is King John, V.ii.73. Unless you are counting the actual number of each line in your head as you read (impossible, it seems) you will only know we're on line 73 when you look over to the right, see lines 70 and 75 marked, and then quickly estimate/count the lines in between. The problem is the note at the bottom, which simply says:
73. wind: furl.
Like the earlier reviewer said, to figure out whether or not a footnote exists, you must read a line or two, determine what line number(s) you've just read through a line-counting process, and then go down to the footnotes to see if anything matches. Once you've matched the line number to the footnote, you have to go back to the line and find the word that's footnoted, because it's not marked in any way.
The Norton method (while some find it intrusive) is certainly easier for students, and the Bevington method sounds interesting (giving the line numbers in the margin only where there is a footnote existsing). The Riverside is just too irritating for most students to use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars correction Jan. 29 2008
By Mark
Format:Hardcover
in response to 'Much Better to Use Than Norton', Harold Bloom wrote that the New Oxford edition was the worst, I don't know which version this is based on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much Better to Use Than Norton Feb. 24 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I bought this edition after using the Norton in my last semester Shakespeare class, and have found my reading of the plays for this semester's class much more enjoyable. The format is beautiful: the pages are thicker, lie flatter, and hold more content. Unlike the Norton, whose footnote numbers interrupt the reading of the text, forcing you to lose momemtum, the Riverside's are unobtrusive, available if you need them and when you want them. The introductions are prescient, interesting, and well-written. The text itself is more accurate, also. Harold Bloom, for example, in his introduction to The Invention of The Human, says he uses the Riverside and Arden, and that the Oxford (upon which the Norton is based) tries to publish the worst possible poetry. This I found amusing, if not also accurate.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Ritual June 18 2002
Format:Hardcover
My favorite part of acting are the the little rituals that ALL actors have. As a young actor, and one who hopes to focus mainly on the classical stage, my most important ritual is reading the play for the first time, unencumbered by ideas of "How am I going to do this?" I like to sit with a nice stogie and a drink and read the thing for all that's there. Not just my part. That being said. I love this edition of Shakespeare more than any other. It seems to me to be fairly close to the first folio and has a good deal of notes, while not too intrusive in the flow of reading. It feels like a great religious tome. And I hauled it all over London for a summer for an added workout. Great!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The authoritive Shakespeare resource March 31 2001
Format:Hardcover
As an actor, director, and scholar, I must say that The Riverside Shakespeare is the most complete Shakespeare collection on the market. It is an excellent buy for anyone who will be studying the plays in depth, since it gives background in the introduction as well as extensive notes to the text. This text clarifies some tricky questions about the Bard's works. Its value lies in the careful attention to detail, but this does mean that the reader looking for specific elements will have to sort through a wealth of information -- not necessarily a bad thing, yes? I highly recommend this to anyone serious about Shakespeare.
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