The complete works of William Shakespeare, with themes of the plays Hardcover – 1937
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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. :)
It really does matter what text one buys, as various editions differ greatly in the quality of what they produce. It is by no means the case that all editions of Shakespeare offer the same text, as one would expect if one bought a work by a modern author. Furthermore, it is impossible to read Shakespeare - even if you are a specialist in Renaissance literature - without plenty of help, none of which is supplied in this edition. A good edition, like that produced by David Bevington, or the Riverside, will contain the following helpful components as a minimum: a comprehensive introduction to Shakespeare and his work generally; reasonably full analytical/interpretative introductions to individual works; lists of further reading (referring the reader to other helpful commentators); and above all - most essentially - useful explanatory notes on words, phrases, and sentences difficult to understand. Of these there are a great many. Anyone who approaches Shakespeare as a modern reader without knowledgde of the language of his period will soon find all sorts of words and grammatical usages that obviously are no longer current. But even more treacherous are those many instances of words that LOOK the same, but MEAN something very different, as a result of the fact that the meaning of words changes over time.Read more ›
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The title is completely misleading as the book is far from the "complete" works.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This compilation was/is targeted for the American college student. It has worked the originals into more comprehensible or approachable versions. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2013 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 on Dec 8 2013 by S. F. Semeniuk
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 on Oct. 15 2013 by Bernie
Complete works from the best play writer of all time, best English language writer of all time.
Comedy，Tragedy，History Plays and Sonnets/ Poetry all in one. Read more
For anyone working in this field, this edition is the standard reference work. If you refer to any other edition for quotations or line numbers likely as not the journal editors... Read morePublished on March 25 2013 by Oliver R. Baker
It is extremely handy having the great works of Shakespeare all under one roof. An essential for every home's bookshelf.Published on Nov. 23 2012 by Clare Wiggill