The Riverside Shakespeare

The Riverside Shakespeare The Second Edition of this complete collection of Shakespeare s plays and poems features two essays on recent criticism and productions fully updated textual notes a photographic insert of recent pr

The Second Edition of this complete collection of Shakespeare s plays and poems features two essays on recent criticism and productions, fully updated textual notes, a photographic insert of recent productions, and two works recently attributed to Shakespeare The authors of the essays on recent criticism and productions are Heather DuBrow, University of Wisconsin at MadisThe Second Edition of this complete collection of Shakespeare s plays and poems features two essays on recent criticism and productions, fully updated textual notes, a photographic insert of recent productions, and two works recently attributed to Shakespeare The authors of the essays on recent criticism and productions are Heather DuBrow, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and William Liston, Ball State University, respectively.

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  1. William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed often than those of any other playwright.Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford upon Avon Scholars believe that he died on his fifty second birthday, coinciding with St George s Day.At the age of 18 he married Anne Hathaway, who bore him three children Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith Between 1585 and 1592 he began a successful career in London as an actor, writer, and part owner of the playing company the Lord Chamberlain s Men, later known as the King s Men He appears to have retired to Stratford around 1613, where he died three years later Few records of Shakespeare s private life survive, and there has been considerable speculation about such matters as his sexuality, religious beliefs, and whether the works attributed to him were written by others.Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1590 and 1613 His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the sixteenth century Next he wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest examples in the English language In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights Many of his plays were published in editions of varying quality and accuracy during his lifetime, and in 1623, two of his former theatrical colleagues published the First Folio, a collected edition of his dramatic works that included all but two of the plays now recognised as Shakespeare s.Shakespeare was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the nineteenth century The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare s genius, and the Victorians hero worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called bardolatry In the twentieth century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance His plays remain highly popular today and are consistently performed and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.According to historians, Shakespeare wrote 37 plays and 154 sonnets throughout the span of his life Shakespeare s writing average was 1.5 plays a year since he first started writing in 1589 There have been plays and sonnets attributed to Shakespeare that were not authentically written by the great master of language and literature.

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  1. I ve had this almost 2000 page book since I was an English major in college some thirty years ago It has everything Shakespeare wrote, excellent footnotes explaining the meaning of the words and allusions that are obscure now, and wonderfully insightful essays at the beginning of each play If I were ever stuck alone on a desert island and had to pick five books to go with me, this would be one of them.

  2. Need a comprehensive volume of all of Shakespeare s works This book is for you.How about a security system I guarantee any burglar you bash over the head with this book is going to have at least a concussion, if not brain damage What about a doorstop do you live in a drafty house with doors slamming all the time You need one of these then, any door parked behind this tome is going nowhere.Got kids Are they too big for a high chair but still a little too short for a regular chair Park one of thes [...]

  3. Us esta maravilla de libro son las obras completas historia bio y dem s joyitas sobre la poca y el autor es cuando estudiaba un curso extensivo sobre este bardo jaja trat de hacer un chiste ah.Es lo mejor que me pas en mi vida estudiantil profesional y ahora duerme en mi mesa de luz, en un lugar privilegiado, lejos de los libros normales.

  4. My Riverside Shakespeare is one of my most prized possessions All battered and marked up and with all kinds of ephemera jammed down into it I don t really read from it any it s much easier for me to buy a 3 used edition with just one play in it Riverside is very large But when I re read Shakespeare I usually revisit the Riverside intros, which are excellent I should note, it s marked up with the dumbest shit I don t understand any of the notes I took in college.Anyway, a while back Jason challen [...]

  5. Before Gary loses his mind altogether about how much reading I do, I ve been at this one since April of 2014 I list it as new this year as I did earlier with the NIV Study Bible in its case also a different translation, something not applicable to Shakespeare because all the scholarly apparatus is new to me introductory essays, notes on source texts and variants, general chronology of other events during Shakespeare s lifetime, critical surveys of performance history, etc are new I had read most [...]

  6. Finished off with The life of King Henry the Eighth I read it side by side with the Yale edition published in 1925 and edited by John M Berdan and Tucker Brooke because I like how the Yale edition plays are published in individual 4 x 6 blue cloth covered volumes that you can hold easily in your hands People get all caught up in studying Shakespeare, and I think that sometimes that gets in the way of remembering that the reason he s lasted this long is because he s a wonderful storyteller What I [...]

  7. Although I ve read MOST of this anthology, I cannot honestly say that I ve the whole thing.But, almost all.Henry VI, Parts I, II, III, quite frankly were too daunting They became laborious which was exactly the OPPOSITE experience of the rest of the plays, sonnets, and scholarship in this wonderful compilation.

  8. The copy I have used to be my mum s It s full of annotations that she wrote down while reading Shakespeare at University.Aside from the small print, it is a good edition to use while reading the Bard.

  9. An excellent compilation of criticism, history, and literature a complete yet compact anthology with ample research aids and helpful bibliographies.

  10. Shakespeare ROCKS Now to figure out if he really is that bumbling illiterate of Avon, or Christopher Marlow, THAT is the question

  11. This one will probably always be on my currently reading shelf Right now I am working on scenes from Richard III and Twelfth Night and monologues from Cymbeline and Henry IV, part ii, also the sonnets My least favorite play so far is the Merry Wives of Windsor the opening scene makes no sense and if Shakespeare wrote it he must have been drunk.Now I m working on a new scene from Twelfth Night and one from All s Well That Ends Well The latter one I have never read so on what I think about it lat [...]

  12. I love this collection and I used this at University It was damn heavy to log around but was a wonderful resource because of the detailed explanations and translations for some of the out dated terms used by Shakespeare in his plays It is still proudly displayed on my public library book shelf at home my romance novels are in a special hidden storage room I loved the layout of the collection and the fact that each play and each section were prefaced by concise, analytical essays of introduction [...]

  13. I love Shakespeare I loved this version of his work as well I have always admired his ability to write his sonnets in iambic pentameter I know that, these days, many writers of poetry like to write train of thought style, but I can t help but feel that there is a true art and mastery in giving oneself guidelines to work within and still ending up with something spectacular Then there is also the beauty of the words on the page I also love the hidden digs, puns, plays on words, etc one can find w [...]

  14. Did this course with Mr Blistein at Brown in the mid 1970 s We covered it all, although I think I slept through a few of the histories

  15. Oceans of ink have been written about Shakespeare s works, so I see no reason to add my two pence As to this edition, though, I have many good things to say It is an academic edition, and I am please with the book for a number of reasons.First off, the book is attractive and well made The hardcover is sturdy, the interior artwork is elucidating and fun, and the complete works are included, even the ones whose canonicity are only probable Different scholars write the general and individual work i [...]

  16. I won t say I ve read all the entire book I m leaving King John and Henry VI for some time later but I think I ve read enough to comment on it A good edition of Shakespeare, with a general introduction, textual notes, and illustrations including coloured plates.Here s my review of Hamlet The hero wears black, is a university student, writes poetry, studies philosophy at university He s got a thing going with Ophelia Horatio has his back Following the death of his father and the remarriage of his [...]

  17. The plays I have read thus far Histories Richard II 3 1 2 stars My first Shakespeare play I liked it, but it was hard to read 1 Henry IV5 Stars One of my favorite Shakespeare plays Right mix of poetry and prose, and I love the men in it Tragedies Antony and Cleopatra4 stars Another of my favorites The relationships that the reader establishes with characters in this play are intense I also liked that the biggest affair in all of literature was not overly pornographic King Lear3 1 2 stars It was [...]

  18. Half price book store for my favorite edition of S s plays 4 bucks Yeah Is it sad that this is what made my week The Riverside s certainly the clearest printed I ve run across, of the dozen or so well known versions out there and though I wish there were a few annotations per page as far as the obscure Elizabethan language goes, I still think this one feels best, with just the right amount of spacing between lines, so that it s discernible enough to be read without a magnifying glass but just [...]

  19. I realize that it s lazy of me to add this instead of having to think about how the individual plays I m in Shakespeare for the plays, not the sonnets stack up against each other, but I have to add this if for no other reason than that it is one of the very few books in my personal library that has survived every single one of my residential relocations since college, which I think is about 15 20 moves and a total of than 20,000 miles Also, it s a book, right And a really great one that everyon [...]

  20. It s Shakespeare, all of Shakespeare I cannot fathom how someone could give it less than 5 stars, unless you re taking issue with some minor academic decision like which version from which folio is used For 99.9999999% of the world s English speaking population, this is the only Shakespeare you will ever need to buy, and you probably won t read it all anyways I studied literature and had to read, probably most of it, 60% or And while some plays are better than others, Shakespeare is a mammoth o [...]

  21. Not trying to show off here, but I have literally read everything that Shakespeare wrote because a I m an English teacher, b I m a theatre dork, and c I was like a total stalker for the stuff in college and read it for fun because I m just that lame Of course I like some of it better than others, but there s a reason the man is so famous Favorite comedies Midsummer Night s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Merchant of Venice in that order Favorite tragedies Hamlet, Macbeth, [...]

  22. Since junior year of college this has been my indispensable tool for reading and understanding Shakespeare All the plays, all the poetry, plus helpful archaism deciphering footnotes.If there is one part of this volume I haven t valued, it s the articles preceding each play I can t say they are useless they just haven t been of any use to me There may be other complete works of Shakespeare available, but this one has assured I always have a scholarly edition at hand to read and study Don t rely o [...]

  23. Read thus far The Taming of the ShrewAs You Like ItTwelfth NightMeasure for MeasureRomeo and JulietJulius CeasarHamletOthelloMacbethThe TempestKing LearVarious sonnetsTo read The Comedy of ErrorsThe Two Gentlemen of VeronaLove s Labor s LostA Midsummer Night s DreamMuch Ado About Nothing seen Troilus and CressidaAll s Well That Ends WellHenry VI 1, 2, 3Richard III seen King JohnRichard IIHenry IV 1, 2Henry VHenry VIIITitus AndronicusAntony and Cleopatra seen CoriolanusTimon of AthensPericlesCymb [...]

  24. The four star rating is cumulative I read this for a class at Bob Jones with Dr Caren Silvester We read Twelfth Night, All s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, The Winter s Tale, The Tempest, and Troilus and Cressida.The plays I enjoyed the most were The Winter s Tale, All s Well that Ends Well, The Tempest, King Lear, and Twelfth Night Measure for Measure and Othello were pretty good.I read The Tempest and King Lear for prelims April 4 6 [...]

  25. It s all here in one big beautiful book I love Shakespeare and like to pick this up and read from it It s also nice to have the complete works in one place easy to look things up if you are a stickler for Shakespeare trivia or want to know if something is being done accurately I got this for an undergrad class and am so happy to have it although I know mine is an earlier edition as this was published in 1997 and the class would have been earlier than that Finally got rid of all my little individ [...]

  26. A Shakespeare play is only as good as its edition Fortunately, the Riverside Shakespeare maximizes the positive qualities of both the second good quarto and the first folio, borrowing the best elements from both versions of the play to create a new authoritative edition The introductions to the plays, as well as the footnotes and endnotes, are both insightful and delightful to study If you love Shakespeare or Shagspear, Shaksper, whatever you want to call him he wasn t very particular , then you [...]

  27. It took me three summer vacations to read all of this, going chronologically as best we can know through the works and alternating with chapters of Harold Bloom s _Shakespeare The Invention of the Human_ I read from the older 1974 edition, which lacks the Funeral Elegy which, as it turns out, is likely by John Ford, and not by Shakespeare This was a great experience there are many hidden treasures among the lesser known plays, and those I was most familiar with gained by being read in proximity [...]

  28. Altogether too big a book to lug around and too nice a book to make notes in the margins I prefer the Signet editions of Shakespeare s plays for both those reasons and also because the littler books are accompanied by learned essays from the most famous commentators in the 400 years since Shakespeare s death And because text explication is included at the bottom of each page As a person who reads footnotes I don t want to be constantly flipping to the back of the book Too fatiguing.Looks great o [...]

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