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The Oxford William Shakespeare: The Complete Works
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Here are all of Shakespeare's plays and poems in a compact edition that fits neatly onto your bookshelf or comfortably in your lap. And, as if all of the Bard were not enough, this reissue of an Oxford Classic offers something more: editions of the plays in their theatrical versions, as they were originally performed on the Elizabethan stage. This editon also features a brief introduction to each work, as well as an illuminating General Introduction; reconsiders every detail of the text and presentation of Shakespeare's complete works in the light of modern scholarship; re-examines the nature and authority of the early documents, and freshly establishes the canon and chronological order of composition; and modernizes spelling and punctuation to make the works more accessible to modern readers, without ever altering their original language or meter.
The Times Higher Education Supplement called William Shakespeare: The Complete Works "the most ambitious edition of the works ever attempted," and The Times (London) hailed it as "a monument to Shakespearean scholarship." For scholars and general readers alike, this is a must-have collection for your home library.
This new Oxford edition of Shakespeare's complete works reconsiders every detail of their text and presentation in the light of modern scholarship. The authority of the early documents is re-examined and the chronological order freshly established. This edition marks a new partnership this year between OUP and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
The Oxford Shakespeare brings the modern reader closer to Shakespeare's plays as originally performed than has ever before been possible. Based on eight years of full-time research by a team of distinguished British and American scholars, this monumental volume offers many remarkable innovations, including a new chronological order, revised stage directions, two full versions of King Lear--as originally written and as revised later for performance--and the complete text of The Two Noble Kinsmen.
The Compact Edition packs all these features into a portable and inexpensive single volume. In addition, a lucid General Introduction by Stanley Wells and brief introductions to each play provide a wealth of background information. Hailed by The Washington Post as "a definitive synthesis of the best editions of recent decades" and by The Times of London as "a monument to Shakespearian scholarship," it is an ideal travel companion on vacations or trips and a perfect gift for literature lovers young and old.
This beautiful new edition of Shakespeare's complete works--"The Oxford Shakespeare"--is the product of eight 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 the early documents.
The edition abounds in unique features. It is the first volume to provide edited texts of King Lear both as Shakespeare originally wrote it and as it was revised for performance somes years later. Other plays, such as Hamlet, Othello, and Troilus and Cressida, are based on what recent research identifies as Shakespeare's revised text. Major textual alternatives--first versions of revised passages, omitted lines--are printed as additional passages. All stage directions have been reconsidered in light of original staging, and many new directions for essential action have been added. Specially designed brackets idenify conjectural stage direction and speech prefixes. In most respects, the text is identical to that of the "old-spelling" edition, but spelling and punctuation have been freshly modernized. There is a General Introduction along with brief, factual introductions to each work.
Elegantly (and Readably) designed, this book will undoubtedly become a treasure for lovers of Shakespeare throughout the English-speaking world.
About the Editors:
Stanley Wells, Head of the Shakespeare Department at OUP-UK, is a Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford. He is the author of many books and articles on Shakespeare.
Gary Taylor, who holds degrees from the Universities of Kansas and Cambridge, is the author of several books and articles on Shakespeare, including To Analyze Delight: A Hedonist Criticism of Shakespeare.
About the Author
Stanley Wells is Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Director of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Binghamton. Gary Taylor is Associate Professor of English, The Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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