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  • Hardcover: 2560 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library (April 3 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679642951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679642954
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 18.9 x 6.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A reader on Jan. 6 2004
Format: Leather Bound
I originally bought this book used and later discovered that this was the ideal situation. It is handy to have all of Shakespeare's works (plays and sonnets) under one cover, but there are several drawbacks. Each page is split into two columns, causing the plays to be read like a newspaper. Since linebreaks are important in Shakespeare (remember the iambic pentameter), some lines are too long for the margins, causing the remaining words to hover like ghosts away from the sentence.
Also, this book contains no footnotes. This is mainly how buying the individual play is superior to the collected works. Olde English isn't always intuitive, and this particular book leaves you to find out a word's meaning for yourself.
But this book certainly looks pretty on your shelf. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Garrett on May 18 2002
Format: Leather Bound
This book is exactly what it claims to be: the complete works of Shakespere. I strongly disagree with the reviewer who believes this is a waste of money. It is beautifully bound, has clear type, and allows you to draw your own conclusions rather than depending on the Cliffs Note summary that a paperback single will provide you. Perhaps not for the student who needs to produce an essay by morning, it is still a lovely book that puts me in the mood for a glass of wine and a leisurely read.
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Format: Leather Bound Verified Purchase
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.
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Format: Hardcover
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 Shakespeare experience. This book naturally has all the advantages of a physical book of which I will not go in to. Among other advantaged this volume makes a great reference. Although if find myself reading for the fun and not just a reference.

I do of course have individual copies of my favorites (some with pictures). I also have kindle versions for better or worse.

Yet you cannot have too many versions and this is a keeper.

Just a note each page has a vertical line down the center so it as like two pages. I am not sure the purpose or the advantage. And do not expect a lot of illustrations they are more like black and white pictured of old paintings.
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By A Customer on March 18 1998
Format: Leather Bound
William Shakespeare is the classical master of words on whom our entire foundation of literature is based. The stories of human nature and everyday people within the guise of princes, sailors, tinkers & soldiers,noble and common men and women transcend time and the archaic language the stories are in. There is a message in each story and it seems to be that as humans, we all are more alike that we believe, that we all share a bond that is a soul bound within a mortal shell. William Shakespeare speaks to all of us across time, tells us that we are not alone and that we all share a common thread of existance in this mortal toil.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By richardpinneau.com on Oct. 18 2002
Format: Leather Bound
If you got a copy of Shakespeare's works, you might like to be able to rely on the text it presents. That would require knowing the credentials of the editor, the currency of the editing, etc...The price is excellent - what the reader receives, well... caveat emptor.
Value to beginners: none (no background on the plays, glosses of difficult words, etc.)
Value to adv. students: none .
Value to scholars: less than none.
Judge this book by its cover: not. Attractive cover hides printed pages that appear to be facsimiles of archaic, crammed-type pages from some bygone era.
Perhaps you think, 'Well, at least it's a cheap way to get a copy of the complete plays.' A few months of reading modern, respectable editions (e.g., from Routledge/Arden, Cambridge, or Oxford) for any popular Shakespeare play will help a newcomer realize that for almost all Shakespeare plays determining what is 'the text' is a vast conundrum; nay: an oxymoron. As with many aspects of Shakespeare study, 'tis not so easy: for most plays there are multiple alternative *original sources* - differing in important ways from each other. What sources did the editor of the Gramercy edition use? Well, if the publisher does not deem it necessary even to credit the editor's name in this volume or to acknowledge how outdated the editorial work is...
A better use of your money is to buy a modern edition of single plays. Even the inexpensive Folger Library paperbacks give beginners helpful definitions for difficult words.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book was just delivered, and has NO footnotes, no introduction, no glossary as readers' reviews printed above say. They were obviously talking about a different edition.
The ISBN number on the book above matches the ISBN number on the we book received, and it contains NONE of the items discussed above. Be forewarned.
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By Stephen Gaspar on Oct. 11 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was a bit disapointed that the 100 year old book (that I purchased only for the shelf) was not as seen. A new cover had been put on and it does not look 100 years old on the outside.
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