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The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works / Edition 2

The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works / Edition 2

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Hailed by The Washington Post as "a definitive synthesis of the best editions" and by The Times of London as "a monument to Shakespearean scholarship," The Oxford Shakespeare is the ultimate anthology of the Bard's work: the most authoritative edition of the plays and poems ever published.

Now, almost two decades after the original volume, Oxford is proud to announce a thoroughly updated second edition, including for the first time the texts of The Reign of Edward III and Sir Thomas More, recognizing these two plays officially as authentic works by Shakespeare. This beautiful collection is the product of years of full-time research by a team of British and American scholars and represents the most thorough examination ever undertaken of the nature and authority of Shakespeare's work. The editors reconsidered every detail of the text in the light of modern scholarship and they thoroughly re-examined the earliest printed versions of the plays, firmly establishing the canon and chronological order of composition. All stage directions have been reconsidered in light of original staging, and many new directions for essential action have been added. This superb volume also features a brief introduction to each work as well as an illuminating General Introduction. Finally, the editors have added a wealth of secondary material, including an essay on language, a list of contemporary allusions to Shakespeare, an index of Shakespearean characters, a glossary, a consolidated bibliography, and an index of first lines of the Sonnets.

Compiled by the world's leading authorities, packed with information, and attractively designed, The Oxford Shakespeare is the gold standard of Shakespearean anthologies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199267170
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 05/01/2005
Edition description: REV
Pages: 1420
Sales rank: 97,423
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham, the Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Vice-Chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Gary Taylor is Professor in the English Department at the University of Alabama. John Jowett is Associate General Editor of the Oxford Collected Works of Thomas Middleton and co-author of Shakespeare Reshaped 1606-23. William Montgomery works for the Guardian newspaper.

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Place of Death:

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Table of Contents

Contemporary Allusions to Shakespeare
Commendatory Poems and Prefaces (1599-1640)
1. The Two Gentlemen of Verona
2. The Taming of the Shrew
3. The First Part of the Contention of the Two Famous Houses of York and Lancaster (2 Henry VI)
4. The True Tragedy of Richard Duke of York and the Good King Henry the Sixth (3 Henry VI)
5. The First Part of Henry the Sixth
6. The Most Lamentable Tragedy of Titus Andronicus
7. The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
8. Venus and Adonis
9. The Rape of Lucrece
10. The Reign of King Edward the Third
11. The Comedy of Errors
12. Love's Labour's Lost
13. Love's Labour's Won: A Brief Account
14. The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
15. The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
16. A Midsummer Night's Dream
17. The Life and Death of King John
18. The Comical History of The Merchant of Venice, or Otherwise Called the Jew of Venice
19. The History of Henry the Fourth (1 Henry IV)
20. The Merry Wives of Windsor
21. The Second Part of Henry the Fourth (2 Henry IV)
22. Much Ado About Nothing
23. The Life of Henry the Fifth
24. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
25. As You Like It
26. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
27. Twelfth Night, or What You Will
28. Troilus and Cressida
29. Sonnets and 'A Lover's Complaint'
30. Various Poems
31. Sir Thomas More
32. Measure for Measure
33. The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice
34. The Life of Timon of Athens
35. The History of King Lear: The Quarto Text
36. The Tragedy of Macbeth
37. The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra
38. All's Well That Ends Well
39. Pericles, Prince of Tyre: A Reconstructed Text
40. The Tragedy of Coriolanus
41. The Winter's Tale
42. The Tragedy of King Lear: The Folio Text
43. Cymbeline, King of Britain
44. The Tempest
45. Cardenio: A Brief Account
46. All Is True (Henry VIII)
47. The Two Noble Kinsmen
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The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This would be a great edition if it worked. The file is incompatible with my Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight. I'm very disappointed as this seems to be the only annotated edition in an eBook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for use with the Nook iPad app. The app says this title cannot be viewed on this device. What a disappointment. I am working with BN customer service to get a refund, which the website says they do not do. Caveat emptor ... run for the door ... do NOT buy this title.
bardlover89 More than 1 year ago
This is a great collection for those interested in the complete works of William Shakespeare. It has everything and instead of grouping the plays and poems or sonnets differently, it puts them all together in the order they were most likely written. Of course some of the dating can be tricky to confirm but it is a fantastic resource. The only thing that bothered me about it was that there aren't any annotations or foot notes. Usually they are included and can be extremely helpful, so I was surprised that this volume did not include any among the text or at the end. The hardback is also very sturdy for travel.
AnnieP More than 1 year ago
I got the hardcover edition, and I love it. I wanted a version that gave more historical info, and this is it. I will warn you: the font of the plays and sonnets is very small, about size 8. But this is to be expected, in such a large collection.
yuhoa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
William Shakespeare is the most famous England writer.He is an actor, poemer, and playwriter.This book told us about Shakespeare's life through his friend Tobby's memory.I was surprised.Because, I had been thought Shakespeare is like a legendary person.Reading this book, I learned his life.And I would like to read his scripts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Works great on my old Nook and the nook app on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4
kmckinley More than 1 year ago
This review is for the NOOK version of The Oxford Shakespeare - The Complete Works. The book is [barely] usable on my NOOK Simple Touch and my iPhone and iPad. The editors don't always inform us which text they use for a play, and I expect that for a "name-brand" Complete Works. The navigation in the NOOK version is terrible; if I had realized it to be this bad I would not have purchased it. Navigation is only to the beginning of a play. Thereafter one must turn pages, search the entire book for the beginning of an Act/Scene, or search for remembered text to navigate within the play.
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