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This collection gathers together the works by William Shakespeare in a single, convenient, high quality, and extremely low priced Kindle volume! The Comedies of William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream All's Well That Ends Well As You Like It Love’s Labour ’s Lost Measure for Measure Much Ado About Nothing The Comedy This collection gathers together the works by William Shakespeare in a single, convenient, high quality, and extremely low priced Kindle volume! The Comedies of William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream All's Well That Ends Well As You Like It Love’s Labour ’s Lost Measure for Measure Much Ado About Nothing The Comedy of Errors The Merchant of Venice The Merry Wives of Windsor The Taming of the Shrew The Two Gentlemen of Verona Twelfth Night; or, What you will The Romances of William Shakespeare Cymbeline Pericles, Prince of Tyre The Tempest The Winter's Tale The Tragedies of William Shakespeare King Lear Romeo and Juliet The History of Troilus and Cressida The Life and Death of Julius Caesar The Life of Timon of Athens The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra The Tragedy of Coriolanus The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark The Tragedy of Macbeth The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice Titus Andronicus The Histories of William Shakespeare The Life and Death of King John The Life and Death of King Richard the Second The Tragedy of King Richard the Third The first part of King Henry the Fourth The second part of King Henry the Fourth The Life of King Henry V The first part of King Henry the Sixth The second part of King Henry the Sixth The third part of King Henry the Sixth The Life of King Henry the Eighth The Poetical Works of William Shakespeare The Sonnets Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music A Lover's Complaint The Rape of Lucrece Venus and Adonis The Phoenix and the Turtle The Passionate Pilgrim


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This collection gathers together the works by William Shakespeare in a single, convenient, high quality, and extremely low priced Kindle volume! The Comedies of William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream All's Well That Ends Well As You Like It Love’s Labour ’s Lost Measure for Measure Much Ado About Nothing The Comedy This collection gathers together the works by William Shakespeare in a single, convenient, high quality, and extremely low priced Kindle volume! The Comedies of William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream All's Well That Ends Well As You Like It Love’s Labour ’s Lost Measure for Measure Much Ado About Nothing The Comedy of Errors The Merchant of Venice The Merry Wives of Windsor The Taming of the Shrew The Two Gentlemen of Verona Twelfth Night; or, What you will The Romances of William Shakespeare Cymbeline Pericles, Prince of Tyre The Tempest The Winter's Tale The Tragedies of William Shakespeare King Lear Romeo and Juliet The History of Troilus and Cressida The Life and Death of Julius Caesar The Life of Timon of Athens The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra The Tragedy of Coriolanus The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark The Tragedy of Macbeth The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice Titus Andronicus The Histories of William Shakespeare The Life and Death of King John The Life and Death of King Richard the Second The Tragedy of King Richard the Third The first part of King Henry the Fourth The second part of King Henry the Fourth The Life of King Henry V The first part of King Henry the Sixth The second part of King Henry the Sixth The third part of King Henry the Sixth The Life of King Henry the Eighth The Poetical Works of William Shakespeare The Sonnets Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music A Lover's Complaint The Rape of Lucrece Venus and Adonis The Phoenix and the Turtle The Passionate Pilgrim

30 review for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (37 plays, 160 sonnets and 5 Poetry Books With Active Table of Contents)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Taka

    I did it. 38 plays, 2 long poems, and 154 sonnets in 2462 onion-paper pages. I read them all. ALL. I think I deserve a self-congratulation for this. Yes. Good job! It took me more than two months of intense reading that toughened my wrists and arms from reading it on the train standing, hardened my heart with stony indifference against people's perplexed and peering gazes thrown at me even to the point of leaning in from the side to see what the hell I'm reading, and made m I did it. 38 plays, 2 long poems, and 154 sonnets in 2462 onion-paper pages. I read them all. ALL. I think I deserve a self-congratulation for this. Yes. Good job! It took me more than two months of intense reading that toughened my wrists and arms from reading it on the train standing, hardened my heart with stony indifference against people's perplexed and peering gazes thrown at me even to the point of leaning in from the side to see what the hell I'm reading, and made me utterly fearless against any future reference to Shakespeare. From the end of January to today, April 5th, it was a long journey during which time I came out of Shakespearean depths only once to take a quick breather for five days and read one contemporary book. It was a long, long read indeed. So what do I think of his works? Amazing. If you speak English, read them. My favorite comedies are The Comedy of Errors, The Midsummer Night's Dream , All's Well That Ends Well, and of course, my absolute favorite, The Merchant of Venice. As for histories, Henry IV part 1&2, Henry V, and Richard III were fascinating and beautiful in myriad aspects. It seems like I'm drawn to wicked villains like Richard III, Shylock, and Barabas (Marlowe's The Jew of Malta), though I didn't absolutely love Iago from Othello for some reason. And tragedies. Oh man. I read Macbeth and Julius Caesar in high school and middle school respectively, but I can say I understood less than 10% of their artistic merit now that I read them again. Macbeth is just a short, sweet, and wicked play with enchanting poetry, and the speeches in Julius Caesar are just mind-blowing in their poetry and rhetoric. Romeo and Juliet definitely belongs to one of his greatest works. It's got the engaging story, beautiful language, and comic scenes all rolled in one - everything that makes a work of art entertaining and satisfying to people from all walks of life. Cymbeline is also awesome. The ending just so unrealistic that it's unbelievably satisfying. Hamlet is like a given and I don't think I need to say anything about it other than that it rocks. Oh and I really liked this minor play, Titus Andronicus, considered by many critics to be one of his inferior plays. Granted, the beginning is just absolute shit at least plot-wise, but man, it's AWESOME with all that bloody murders and plotting and hatred and violence. It may be poetically inferior to other tragedies, but story-wise, it holds its own among his corpus. I did it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Darwin8u

    January: 1. Two Gentlemen of Verona (1589–1591) - January 1, 2017 2 The Taming of the Shrew (1590–1591) - January 5, 2017 3 Henry VI, Part 2 (1591) - February 1, 2017 February: 4 Henry VI, Part 3 (1591) - February 3, 2017 5 Henry VI, Part 1 (1591–1592) - January 21, 2017 6 Titus Andronicus (1591–1592) - February 9, 2017 March: 7 Richard III (1592–1593) - March 4, 2017 8. The Comedy of Errors (1594) - March 11, 2017 9. Love's Labour's Lost (1594–1595) - March 27, 2017 April: 10. Richard II (1595) - April 7, 2017 11. Romeo and Juliet (1595) - April 12, 2017 12. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595)201710.20174 January: 1. Two Gentlemen of Verona (1589–1591) - January 1, 2017 2 The Taming of the Shrew (1590–1591) - January 5, 2017 3 Henry VI, Part 2 (1591) - February 1, 2017 February: 4 Henry VI, Part 3 (1591) - February 3, 2017 5 Henry VI, Part 1 (1591–1592) - January 21, 2017 6 Titus Andronicus (1591–1592) - February 9, 2017 March: 7 Richard III (1592–1593) - March 4, 2017 8. The Comedy of Errors (1594) - March 11, 2017 9. Love's Labour's Lost (1594–1595) - March 27, 2017 April: 10. Richard II (1595) - April 7, 2017 11. Romeo and Juliet (1595) - April 12, 2017 12. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595) - April 21, 2017 May: 13. King John (1596) - May 3, 2017 14. The Merchant of Venice (1596–1597) - May 8, 2017 15. Henry IV, Part 1 (1596-1597) - May 20, 2017 June: 16. The Merry Wives of Windsor (1597) - June 20, 2017 17. Henry IV, Part 2 (1597-1598) - June 24, 2017 18. Much Ado About Nothing (1598-1599) - June 25, 2017 July: 19. Henry V (1599) - July 5, 2017 20. Julius Caesar (1599) - July 10, 2017 21. As You Like It (1599-1600) - July 26, 2017 August: 22. Hamlet (1600-1601)- August 12, 2017 23. Twelfth Night (1601) - August 15, 2017 24. Troilus and Cressida ((1600–1602) - August 29, 2017 September: 25. Measure for Measure (1603-1604) - September 6, 2017 26. Othello (1603-1604) - September 15, 2017 27. All's Well that Ends Well (1604-1605) - September 12, 2017 October: 28. King Lear (1605–1606) - October 19, 2017 29. Timon of Athens (1605–1606) - October 20, 2017 30. Macbeth (1606) - October 28, 2017 November: 31. Antony and Cleopatra (1606) - November 17, 2017 32. Coriolanus (1608) - November 23, 2017 33. The Winter's Tale (1609–1611) - November 25, 2017 December: 34. Cymbeline (1610) - December 11, 2017 35. The Tempest (1610–1611) - December 12, 2017 36. Henry VIII (1612–1613) - December 16, 2017 Other: Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1607–1608) - November 21, 2017 The Sonnets (1609) - December 19, 2017 The Two Noble Kinsmen (1613–1614) - December 19, 2017 The Narrative Poems (1593-1594) - December 23, 2017

  3. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Cowan

    Simply put, When you have The Complete Works of William Shakespeare you have one of the best works of literature ever written. I would definitely place it in the top 10 best works of literature of all time. I bought this book at special price from here: https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Works...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brad

    For Harold Bloom*: Can 35 Thousand Literary Critics and 3 Million Groundlings Be Wrong? Yes. Taking arms against Shakespeare, at this moment, is to emulate Harry Potter standing up to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Simply opposing Lord V-- won't end him. The Shakespeare epiphenomenon will go on, doubtless for some time, as J. R. R. Tolkien did, and then wane. Or so one can hope. The official newspaper of our dominant counter-culture, The New York Times, has been startled by Shakespeare's pl/>Can For Harold Bloom*: Can 35 Thousand Literary Critics and 3 Million Groundlings Be Wrong? Yes. Taking arms against Shakespeare, at this moment, is to emulate Harry Potter standing up to He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Simply opposing Lord V-- won't end him. The Shakespeare epiphenomenon will go on, doubtless for some time, as J. R. R. Tolkien did, and then wane. Or so one can hope. The official newspaper of our dominant counter-culture, The New York Times, has been startled by Shakespeare's plays into establishing a new policy for its not very literate book review. Rather than crowd out the Grishams, Clancys, Crichtons, Kings, Rowlings and other vastly popular prose fictions on its fiction bestseller list, the Shakespeare plays will now lead a separate theatre list. William Shakespeare, the chronicler of such characters as "Hamlet" and "King Lear," thus has an unusual distinction: he has changed the policy of the policy-maker. Imaginative Vision I read new dramatic literature, when I can find some of any value, but had not tried Shakespeare until now. I have just concluded "The Comedy of Errors," purportedly the funniest of the lot. Though the play is not well written, that is not in itself a crucial liability. It is much better to see the movie, "The Wizard of Oz," than to read the book upon which it was based, but even the book possessed an authentic imaginative vision. "The Comedy of Errors" does not, so that one needs to look elsewhere for the play's remarkable success. Such speculation should follow an account of how and why "The Comedy of Errors" asks to be read. The ultimate model for "The Comedy of Errors" is "Menaechmi" by Plautus, performed in Ancient Rome. The play depicts the mistaken identity of a set of twins named Menaechmus. But Plautus' play, still quite performable, was a Roman musical, not an Elizabethan comedy. Shakespeare has taken "Menaechmi" and re-seen it in the silly mirror of slapstick. The resultant blend of mistaken identities with cheesy Elizabethan idiocy may read oddly to me, but is exactly what millions of theatregoers and their parents desire and welcome at this time. In what follows, I may at times indicate some of the inadequacies of "The Comedy of Errors." But I will keep in mind that a host are watching it who simply will not watch superior fare, such as Ben Jonson's "The Alchemist" or the "Tamburlaine" plays of Christopher Marlowe. Is it better that they watch Shakespeare than not watch at all? Will they advance from Shakespeare to more difficult pleasures? One doubts both possibilities. ----------------------------------------------------- Rest is available at [http://wrt-brooke.syr.edu/courses/205...] ----------------------------------------------------- *This review is a spoof of Bloom's attack on JK Rowling, which can be found here. I should also mention that I love Shakespeare. I don't think he'll mind me bringing down his 4.75 average rating too much.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jay Daze

    Very heavy. Do not read in bath. Oh, and some great plays.

  6. 4 out of 5

    D.N.

    Critically speaking, still the finest one-volume complete Shakespeare. Signet is refreshingly free of PC literary criticism. This edition is far superior to third-rate editions offered by Norton and other publishers that have been completely sold out to the dark side.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Martin Bihl

    08-11-19 Sonnets What a terrific introduction W. H. Auden wrote for this section. Worth the price of admission right there. 05-14-19 Phoenix and the Turtle, A Lover's Complaint, The Passionate Pilgrim 02-01-19 The Rape of Lucrece 10-15-18 Venus and Adonis 08-28-18 Two Noble Kinsmen 07-26-18 Henry VIII much more interesting than i anticipated, and as a fan 08-11-19 Sonnets What a terrific introduction W. H. Auden wrote for this section. Worth the price of admission right there. 05-14-19 Phoenix and the Turtle, A Lover's Complaint, The Passionate Pilgrim 02-01-19 The Rape of Lucrece 10-15-18 Venus and Adonis 08-28-18 Two Noble Kinsmen 07-26-18 Henry VIII much more interesting than i anticipated, and as a fan of "A Man for All Seasons" i could hear the places where it overlapped with Bolt's work. 04-15-18 The Tempest 09-03-17 A Winters Tale 07-11-17 Cymbeline Much better than the introduction led me to believe. Yes, it's a bit neat at the end, and yes, may of the classic Shakespeare tricks are here. But all in all, compelling, interesting and well done. 05-27-17 Pericles A Shakespeare play that experts think he only wrote 60% of? Well this is an interesting mish-mash... 01-16-17 Timon of Athens Hypocritical senators, fairweather friends and a good man driven mad by humanity? Clearly a work of fiction... 06-05-16 Coriolanus Fascinating - had neither read nor seen it performed before, nor knew the story, so i found the portrait of a hero at odds with his nation quite compelling. 03-23-16 Anthony & Cleopatra Is it just me or is this play, not exactly a mess (it's obviously well-crafted and well-written), but just sort of a puzzle? Not exactly a love story, not exactly a tragedy, not exactly a history, not a comedy. What's the through-line? Antony's ambition? The tumultuous relationship between he and Cleopatra? I dunno. 02-15-16 MacBeth 01-02-16 King Lear 11-07-15 Measure for Measure 08-15-15 Othello 03-31-15 All's Well That Ends Well 01-09-15 Troilus & Cresieda 11-09-14 The Merry Wives of Windsor 10-02-14 Hamlet 06-02-14 Twelfth Night 05-06-14 As You Like It 10-18-13 Julius Caesar 08-15-13 Henry V 05-16-13 Much Ado About Nothing 03-28-13 Henry IV, Part Two 10-26-12 Henry IV, Part One 09-16-12 The Merchant of Venice 06-12-12 The Life and Death of King John 02-07-12 A Midsummer Night's Dream 12-20-11 Romeo & Julliet 06-25-11 Richard II 03-20-11 Love's Labour Lost 02-16-11 Two Gentlemen of Verona 05-07-10 The Taming of the Shrew - I love this play. Maybe that makes me a bad person, I don't know. I love the problems of it, I love watching directors and actors try to solve the problems of it, I love the wordplay, the banter, the elaborate deceptions - I just really enjoy it. I even enjoy the two filmed performances that I've seen - the Jonathan Miller version starring John Cleese and the Kirk Browning version featuring Marc Singer (yep, THAT Marc Singer). And you know what? After reading the introduction that precedes it here in this volume, I love it even more. The author points up elements and references and aspects that I had not considered before, making it even more interesting and compelling. Look, you may not like the play, and I respect it. But for me, this is one of Shakespeare's finest. 02-22-10 Titus Andronicus - You know, TS Eliot said this was the stupidest play ever written; and that's coming from the guy who penned "The Cocktail Party" so he knows from stupid. And while it was really violent, i didn't mind it. Sure the characters aren't as deep and profoundly drawn as in other plays, but i feel with this play you see the young author working his craft, learning, making mistakes (like there's way way too much going on, for example). And that's interesting. And frankly, if you made it as a movie today, i'm sure the crowds would eat it up as the great unwashed did back in the 1590s. Look, if you're only going to read, say, 5 plays by Shakespeare, I wouldn't put this on your list. But if you're interested in watching him develop, you could do worse. (Though you have to ask yourself, what the hell prompted him to pick this story...) 01-28-10 Richard III - like the Henrys, wish i had a more facile understanding of the details of the history so i could appreciate this more. That said, some great banter and Richard still emerges as a stunningly intriguing character. No wonder actors make their bones on him. Makes me want to see it live - or at least a movie. 10-09-09 Henry VI part 3 - okay, so i finished this trilogy. Richard III is poised to commit all manner of atrocity. Lots of blood, lots of gore, lots of guts. And interestingly, more complicated characters than in the previous two "parts" - not that they're consistent. Makes me want to learn more about the history, so i can come back to this play (of the three) and understand Shakespeare's take on it. That said, one can't come away from this play unaffected by Shakespeare's fear of the chaos of revolution and civil war. Good stuff. 04-24-09 Henry VI part 2 is apparently Shakespeare's earliest known work, and you can tell. It's clearly not one of his best unless you're well-versed in the history, but still, at times, greatness glimmers through. 02-01-09 Henry VI part 1 was better than i expected, but hampered by my ignorance of the players and the era. and, of course, like all plays, should be seen rather than read. nevertheless still good banter at points that even a dullard like me can appreciate. 03-02-08 A Comedy of Errors was very enjoyable. A little confusing, of course, and a little bit of the "deus ex machina" at the end, but you can forgive that because it's an early play and it never loses its light touch

  8. 5 out of 5

    Liz Estrada

    By reading Timon of Athens, I can now say I have read them all!!! As a theater major, it is my duty and pleasure.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael P.

    A proper evaluation of this new edition of Shakespeare's (probably im)Complete Works from Oxford University Press would need at least 8000 words to explain, and I am not interested in writing that. Overall, the texts are well edited in the popular way of editor's changing the texts to what they believe Shakespeare actually wrote when they believe something was misprinted in the early editions. They also add lots of notes, and some that are perhaps less helpful than they are intended to be. A proper evaluation of this new edition of Shakespeare's (probably im)Complete Works from Oxford University Press would need at least 8000 words to explain, and I am not interested in writing that. Overall, the texts are well edited in the popular way of editor's changing the texts to what they believe Shakespeare actually wrote when they believe something was misprinted in the early editions. They also add lots of notes, and some that are perhaps less helpful than they are intended to be. I am always grateful for glosses of obscure words and phrases, and these are mostly helpful. I am less grateful for the staging notes that coexist with the glosses. Those I have read are not inaccurate, but they discourage creative thinking by directing our attention to specific explanations which may or may not be correct. I do not like the lack of introductions. In place of these are quotes about the plays from dozens of people. At best, these can hint at interpretations but really explain nothing. A well thought out interpretative introduction puts the play in context. We can agree or disagree with it, but it is an argument about the play, and a good introduction is of great value. I deeply objected to the inclusion of the lyric "Shall I Die?" in the 1986 edition, but here I do not mind for it is in a section of poems attributed to Shakespeare in the seventeenth-century miscellanies. Fair enough. This will be a problem when I comment on the AUTHORSHIP COMPANION. The tiny section on the lost original version of SEJANUS, HIS FALL is another matter. There is no apparent warrant for it. It is just annoying to find it there. I do not mind the controversial choice to note Shakespeare's co-authors on several plays and it is about time that ARDEN OF FAVERSHAM and other works made it into a supposedly complete Shakespeare. On the other hand, the 1994 Second Edition of the previous version had complete texts of EDWARD III and SIR THOMAS MORE. The current edition only excerpts the Shakespearean parts of those plays. The previous was a deeply flawed edition of Shakespeare, but these excisions might be even worse. On the other hand, this is Shakespeare!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Oh, Shakespeare. I had trouble fully enveloping myself in his language until an expert came along and led me through it. I appreciated the stories and the poetry and the rhythm. But I could not appreciate or even comprehend the depth of the language until my professor delved into all she knew and shared as much as she could in a couple of years. She was a Shakespeare guru and her favorite text is the Arden. Its comprehensive notes give the reader all the information they could ever want while ke Oh, Shakespeare. I had trouble fully enveloping myself in his language until an expert came along and led me through it. I appreciated the stories and the poetry and the rhythm. But I could not appreciate or even comprehend the depth of the language until my professor delved into all she knew and shared as much as she could in a couple of years. She was a Shakespeare guru and her favorite text is the Arden. Its comprehensive notes give the reader all the information they could ever want while keeping the original intent clear and enjoyable. As with translations of many texts, other publications can make any reader suspicious - leaving things out, giving subjective footnotes. But Arden treats the text with respect and knowledge.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gitta

    So far I've read: - Hamlet (November 2009 - King Lear (January 2009) - Macbeth (December 2009) - Measure for Measure (March 2012) - Merchant of Venice (November 2009; March 2012) - Much Ado about Nothing (March 2010) - Othello (October 2009) - Venus and Adonis (April 2011) - Sonnets (majority) (January-February 2011)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ricky Kimsey

    The Complete Shakespeare When I bought this it was under a dollar at the time. I always wanted to read the complete works of William Shakespeare having encountering a couple of his plays in my literature class in high school. I only wish this edition had footnotes to help with the language and historical context.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sammy

    not my all-time favourite complete works, but only because the whole point of the Arden individual series is their copious scholarly notes; with those largely removed, the complete works seems redundant when you can revel in the more condensed RSC or Riverside editions.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Janelle V. Dvorak

    This will always be on my currently-reading shelf. It's something one can finish and begin again at the beginning.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tina Buster

    If forced to flee my home in an emergency, I would grab this book on my way out the door.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cory Howell

    The New Oxford Shakespeare is not a complete waste of time, but there are many features about the book that I found disappointing. First, I think the choice to feature a "bricolage" of critical opinions about each play, instead of a scholarly essay introducing each play, seems lazy to me. Almost all of my other annotated editions of the Complete Works introduce each play with scholarly analysis that really helps the student of the plays; simply giving a bunch of quotes from various scholars give The New Oxford Shakespeare is not a complete waste of time, but there are many features about the book that I found disappointing. First, I think the choice to feature a "bricolage" of critical opinions about each play, instead of a scholarly essay introducing each play, seems lazy to me. Almost all of my other annotated editions of the Complete Works introduce each play with scholarly analysis that really helps the student of the plays; simply giving a bunch of quotes from various scholars gives a bit of background, but may leave the student feeling more confused than anything else. Second, the "performance notes" that accompany some lines are, of necessity, few and far between, but I fail to see the point. After all, there is no way a simple note can really give a complete idea of how many different ways there are to read a particular line. So what's the point of such notes? I suppose the performance notes are there to encourage the reader to view the plays as dramatic works, rather than literature. Third, regarding the controversial author attributions of some of the plays, I don't have a problem with seeing Shakespeare as a collaborator, but to simply state that George Peele or Thomas Nashe (or whoever) is the co-author, as if the subject were simple and decided, strikes me as a bit arrogant. These kinds of assertions would better be put into an introduction to the plays that the editors see as collaborations, but of course, as mentioned above, the NOS editors chose to go with a bricolage, instead of an introduction. Finally, regarding line readings chosen by the editors, it often seems as if the NOS editors deliberately chose some of the most unlikely possibilities (e.g. Hamlet refers to Gertrude as "cold mother," rather than "good mother," in 1.2 of Hamlet). Is this simply to justify having a separate edition? Do they have to make their text just different enough from earlier editions, to convince people to shell out the money for a new edition? Or am I being too cynical. Anyway, overall, I don't consider the NOS to be a complete waste of money, but I think, compared to some other annotated editions of the Complete works, such as the Norton or Bevington editions, the NOS is a bit disappointing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julie Spencer

    Shakespeare is a very well-known historical figure and Author, Play write and more. His writing is studied in schools, higher education and beyond. From stage to cinema. At some time in your life, whether we know it or not, we will have seen or heard a Shakespearean script. Why share that I have read this edition of collected works now? The reading of this collection of works is an endless task, and again, as with many other books that I have collected over recent years, I 'read it' on a variety Shakespeare is a very well-known historical figure and Author, Play write and more. His writing is studied in schools, higher education and beyond. From stage to cinema. At some time in your life, whether we know it or not, we will have seen or heard a Shakespearean script. Why share that I have read this edition of collected works now? The reading of this collection of works is an endless task, and again, as with many other books that I have collected over recent years, I 'read it' on a variety of levels, for reading, for inspiring and for prompting stories. If anyone had asked me who this chap was when I was a teen I would have said, “Who?” Even in my twenties - I had sort of heard of him, but - I was too busy living a life to make the time understand this Writer. At no point in my childhood education do I ever remember been asked to understand the Authors. Times have changed, and I have recently learned more and more about Shakespeare via the T.V. the internet and choosing to study him, and his writing. I discovered there were so many films I had watched and books that I had read that I thoroughly enjoyed, and they had all used the plots and story-line-arcs that Shakespeare shared hundreds of years ago. Again, with a lot of the book choices I have had in recent months and years, this book is not one for the bottom of your handbag, or briefcase. It is heavy. On a positive note, you would burn additional work-out-calories if you chose to carry it around. This book shares the Complete Works of Shakespeare, and it is easy to follow, just cumbersome if you planned to take it for a holiday read, it adds on just too many baggage handling kgs. I highly recommend this book if you like to know a bit about Literature and the past. Today, I don’t know about you, but stories just aren’t told in the same way anymore, but when on the odd occasion they do reflect the original works, I often catch my breath. I have a greater appreciation for plot and the suspense held within tales, thanks to Shakespeare. And this book can be a wonderful tool if you like to practice I-Ching or the Censa method when Poetry writing. Julie Spencer, Creative Writing, and Philosopher

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michael P.

    It is my dream to have an edition of Shakespeare that is not a facsimile, but that gives me everything a facsimile gives: The plays and poems with virtually no editorial interference so the inconsistencies in the originals remain, but in an edition that does not have dark gray print on a lighter gray background, which makes facsimile editions so hard to read. The new CRITICAL REFERENCE EDITION comes much closer to this than the previous Oxford OLD SPELLING EDITION, but fixes what the editors dee It is my dream to have an edition of Shakespeare that is not a facsimile, but that gives me everything a facsimile gives: The plays and poems with virtually no editorial interference so the inconsistencies in the originals remain, but in an edition that does not have dark gray print on a lighter gray background, which makes facsimile editions so hard to read. The new CRITICAL REFERENCE EDITION comes much closer to this than the previous Oxford OLD SPELLING EDITION, but fixes what the editors deem mistakes. The original readings are in the glosses, but that is not good enough. I want to see the Shakespeare first printed without the human filters, but Gary Taylor and his team do not give us that. I do not see the advantage of printing the texts in the order they were originally printed, though I do not object to it. It is odd to include the excerpt from the Book of Sir Thomas More since that play is in a very complicated manuscript and was never published, since these volumes emphasize publication order. It is also damn irresponsible in an edition that emphasizes Shakespeare's collaborative work to only print the portions written by him from such plays as THE SPANISH TRAGEDY, EDWARD III, and More. Thank goodness all of HENRY VI, PART ONE is included, another absurd inconsistency. This set is a conceptual mess, but if you want an edition with less editorial interference than the others it is probably the best you will find for many years. I'll have to stick with my facsimiles.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Abby Bedford

    I absolutely adore Shakespeare, which most would call crazy, considering the supposedly complicated language and confusing plots. I agree that sometimes the language is slightly difficult to understand, but if you immerse yourself in it, it becomes much easier to comprehend. I love how Shakespeare is able to take the most simple ideas and weave them into a beautiful story, where the characters are the only thing carrying the plot. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history, plays, poetry I absolutely adore Shakespeare, which most would call crazy, considering the supposedly complicated language and confusing plots. I agree that sometimes the language is slightly difficult to understand, but if you immerse yourself in it, it becomes much easier to comprehend. I love how Shakespeare is able to take the most simple ideas and weave them into a beautiful story, where the characters are the only thing carrying the plot. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history, plays, poetry reading and Old English. Even if you hate all of these things, but love books, it would be a good book to read!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tom Wascoe

    Outstanding work. The plays and sonnets themselves are excellent-by the master. The plays and sonnets are presented in chronological order. For each play, the editors have written an historical context and the source of inspiration for Shakespeare. The editors also present alternative verses and indicate which other writer with whom Shakespeare collaborated. They also indicate which works or parts of works that Shakespeare may not have written. An outstanding work by the editors.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angell Johnson

    This is one of those books which require companions, dictionaries, and expansive additional readings. I got this book for a dollar, and it's the most valuable dollar I've spent on a book. William Shakespeare was a brilliant man who has opened universes within the people whose eyes have had the pleasure of swiping across his work.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    4Q Antony & Cleopatra All's Well That Ends Well Pericles Coriolanus The Winter's Tale King Lear Cymbeline The Tempest Henry VIII Two Noble Kinsmen Sonnets 124-154 Passionate Pilgrim Sonnets to Sundry Notes Phoenix and Turtle

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn Rochford

    Read so far: Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice, Othello, King Lear, Hamlet, and The Tempest.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ireri

    An excellent edition of the plays of Shakespeare. The kindle edition is perfectly manageable and the illustrations are gorgeous. This book I reccomend as a must have in the shelves because it is Shakespeare. It is a classic.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Actually read the paperback book of complete works. Always been a fan of the Bard and his plays never disappoint. Have also seen many plays performed live (two more to come soon). The sonnets are also wonderful to read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Love Shakespeare but this book was for an exam so doesn't fill me with love for his work. However a great compilation of his complete works

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sissy Sassafrass

    When all else fails...Shakespeare is always there.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Megha Kalra

    It's a great compilation. But for beginners like me I have to simultaneously use an online interpreter to understand the plays much better. http://m.sparknotes.com/nfs/hamlet/pa...

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hadley Jennings

    Very interesting to read. My favorite screenplay was Hamlet!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    It only took 18 years to complete from taking Shakespeare with scholar John Cox at Hope College to finally finishing the last play - King John.

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