William Shakespeare, the complete works

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Clarendon Press, 1986 - Drama - 1456 pages
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A landmark in Shakespeare studies, this version of The Complete Oxford Shakespeare is the first critical edition of the complete works in the original spelling and punctuation. It is based on the most thorough examination ever undertaken of the nature and authority of the earliest manuscripts, representing eight years of work by a team of British and American scholars. The works are arranged in conjectural order of composition based on the new research, and where the opportunity for choice existed, the spelling and punctuation of the text closest to Shakespeare's own manuscript has been chosen. With this Original Spelling Edition scholars and general readers have for the first time--
The uncensored text of Henry IV and the original titles of three other plays
Edited texts of King Lear both as Shakespeare originally wrote it and as it was revised for performance years later
Additional features include--
Major textual alternatives--first versions and deleted lines--are printed as additional passages
Stage directions have been reconsidered in light of the play's original staging and many directions have been added
Conjectural stage directions and speech prefixes are identified in brackets
A general introduction, brief introductions to each work, and an essay on the language of Shakespeare's time are provided

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Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
xi
CONTEMPORARY ALLUSIONS TO SHAKESPEARE
xxxix
COMMENDATORY POEMS AND PREFACES
lvii
Copyright

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About the author (1986)

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1564. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. We're pretty sure he would think this version of his play is awesome.

Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham and Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. He is General Editor of the Oxford Shakespeare, co-author of William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion (1987), author of Shakespeare: A Dramatic Life (1995), co-editor with Catherine M. S. Alexander of Shakespeare and Race (Cambridge, 2000) and co-editor with Margreta de Grazia of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare (Cambridge, 2001).

About the Author:
Gary Taylor is Associate Professor of English Literature at Brandeis University. He is a joint general editor of Oxford's Shakespeare: Complete Works, co-author of William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion and The Division of the Kingdoms: Shakespeare's Two Versions of "King Lear," and author of To
Analyze Delight: A Hedonist Criticism of Shakespeare.

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