The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works

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Cengage Learning EMEA, Sep 10, 1998 - Drama - 1360 pages
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The Complete Arden Shakespeare, published for the first time in 1998, is now available in an updated hardback edition. The Complete Arden Shakespeare contains the texts of all Shakespeare√‚'s plays, edited by leading Shakespeare scholars for the renowned Arden Shakespeare series. The updated edition includes eight newly revised playtexts as published in the Arden Third Series since 1998. A general introduction by the three General Editors of the ongoing Arden Shakespeare series gives the reader an overall view of how and why Shakespeare has become such an influential cultural icon, and how perceptions of his work have changed in the intervening four centuries. The introduction summarises the known facts about the dramatist√‚'s life, his reading and use of sources, and the nature of theatrical performance during his lifetime. Brief introductions to each play, written specially for this volume by the Arden General Editors, discuss the date and contemporary context of the play, its position within Shakespeare√‚'s √‚Ň“uvre, and its subsequent performance history. An extensive glossary explains vocabulary which may be unfamiliar to modern readers. √‚¬∑ The sound, reliable, critical edition of Shakespeare√‚'s work √‚¬∑ Updated and revised to include all of the editions currently available in the Arden Third Series √‚¬∑ Includes The Two Noble Kinsmen, the Poems and the Sonnets √‚¬∑ General introduction by the Arden General Editors √‚¬∑ Brief contextual introductions to each play √‚¬∑ Glossary with about 400 entries

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I was a theatre major in college and I like the Arden because it's just the text. It can be a pain if you don't know the words, and I don't always, but for copying monologues and reading Shakespeare you already know, I love it. Read full review

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Globe Theatre Library
showing the rebuilt Globe Guildhall Deutsch Collection
List of illustrations vi King Henry V
General Editors preface vii Edited by T W Craik
Titlepage of the First Quarto of King I9 Genealogical table showing the houses
the life 3 King Henry VI Part 2
Shakespeare in print 6 King Henry VI Part 3
Afterlife 1I Edited by Gordon McMullon
Shakespeares Sonnets 18 Edited by E A J Honigmann
Venus and Adonis 50 King Richard II
Alls Well That Ends Well 89 Edited by H R Woudhuysen
The Comedy of Errors I91 Edited by John Russell Brown
Coriolanus 2I3 Edited by Giorgio Melchiori
Edited by A R Humphreys
Julius Caesar 333 Edited by E A J Honigmonn

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About the author (1998)

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

Proudfoot, King's College, London.

Thompson, a native-born European, spent her early years in northeastern France, where she dreamt of a life in the United States. She eventually graduated from UCLA and went on to serve as an officer in the United States Army in the mid-seventies.

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