The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works

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Bloomsbury Academic, Sep 10, 1998 - Drama - 1344 pages
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 '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

About the author (1998)

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English dramatist, poet, and actor, generally regarded as the greatest playwright of all time. David Scott Kastan is the George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University, USA.

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