The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-12-15
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare

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This revised edition of the Arden Shakespeare Complete Worksincludes the full text of Double Falsehood, which was published in the Arden Third series to critical acclaim in 2010. The play is an eighteenth century rewrite of Shakespeare's "lost" play Cardenioand as such is a fascinating testament to the original. A short introduction outlines its complex textual history and the arguments for including it within the Shakespeare canon. The Complete Workscontains the texts of all Shakespeare's plays, poems and sonnets, edited by leading Shakespeare scholars for the renowned Arden series. A general introduction 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 oeuvre, and its subsequent performance history. An extensive glossary explains vocabulary which may be unfamiliar to modern readers.

Author Biography

The General Editors of The Arden Shakespeare Third Series are:
Richard Proudfoot, Emeritus Professor, King's College London
Ann Thompson, King's College London
David Scott Kastan, Yale University
H.R. Woudhuysen, University College, London
Associate General Editor George Walton Williams, Emeritus Professor, Duke University

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vi
General Editors' prefacp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Why Shakespeare?p. 1
Shakespeare: the lifep. 3
Shakespeare and the theatrep. 4
Shakespeare in printp. 6
Shakespeare's reading and reading Shakespearep. 10
Afterlifep. 11
Shakespeare's Sonnetsp. 18
A Lover's Complaintp. 44
Venus and Adonisp. 50
Lucrecep. 63
The Passionate Pilgrim 'The Phoenix and Turtle'p. 88
All's Well That Ends Wellp. 121
cAntony and Cleopatrap. 161
As You Like Itp. 191
The Comedy of Errorsp. 191
Coriolanusp. 213
Cymbelinep. 253
Hamletp. 291
Julius Caesarp. 333
King Henry IV Part 1p. 361
King Henry IV Part 2p. 393
King Henry V Part 3p. 429
King Henry VI, Part 1p. 463
King Henry VI, Part 2p. 495
King Henry VI, Part 3p. 531
King Henry VIIIp. 567
King Johnp. 603
King Learp. 633
King Richard IIp. 701
King Richard IIIp. 743
Love's Labour's Lostp. 801
Macbethp. 831
Measure for Measurep. 859
The Merchant of Venicep. 889
The Merry Wives of Windsorp. 913
A Midsummer Night's Dreamp. 941
Much Ado About Nothingp. 979
Othellop. 979
PericlesF.D. HoenigerRomeo and JulietBrian Gibbonsp. 1007
The Taming of the Shrewp. 1041
The Tempestp. 1071
Timon of Athensp. 1097
Titus Andronicusp. 1125
Troilus and Cressidap. 1153
Twelfth Nightp. 1191
The Two Gentlemen of Veronap. 1219
The Two Noble Kinsmenp. 1243
The Winter's Talep. 1279
Double Falsehoodp. 1313
Bibliographyp. 1339
Index of first lines of sonnetsp. 1345
Index of first lines of songsp. 1347
Glossaryp. 1348
Title-page, with a portrait of Shakespeare engraved by Droeshout, from the First Folio printed by Isaac Jaggard and Edward Blount, 1623 (British Library/ courtesy Bridgeman Art Library)p. viii
Shakespeare as twentieth-century cultural icon, selling lager(courtesy Carling Black Label)p. 2
Portrait of Richard Burbage, leading actor of the Chamberlain's Men (Dulwich Picture Gallery/courtesy Bridgeman Art Library)p. 4
The Globe Theatre, as recreated in the 1990s on London's Bankside (courtesy Globe Theatre)p. 5
Detail from Wenzel Hollar's engraving A Long Bird's-Eye View of London, 1647, showing the rebuilt Globe (Guildhall Library, Corporation of London/courtesy Bridgeman Art Library)p. 5
The principal actors in the King's Men, as listed in the First Folio of 1623 (courtesy British Library)p. 5
The earliest illustration of a work by-Shakespeare; a scene from Titus Andronictts, attributed Co Henry Peacham, c.1595, 1605 or 1615 (courtesy the Marquess of Bath, Longieat House, Warminster, Wilts)p. 6
Title-page of the First Quarto of Love's Labour's Lost, 1598 (courtesy British Library)p. 7
Title-page of the First Quarto of King Lear, 1608 (courtesy British Library)p. 7
The catalogue of 35 of Shakespeare's plays as listed in the First Folio, 1623 (courtesy British Library)p. 9
The second epistle 'To the great variety of readers', prefacing the First Folio, 1623, and signed by John Heminges and Henry Condell {courtesy British Library)p. 9
The three witches in the television cartoon version of Macbeth (1993) (courtesy S4C International)p. 12
David Garrick in four of his most famous Shakespearean roles, from a contemporary engraving (courtesy Bridgeman Art Library)p. 13
Ellen Terry as Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor (courtesy Hulton Deutsch Collection)p. 14
A modern production of A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1994) (courtesy Donald Cooper, Photostage)p. 14
Sir Henry Beerbohm Tree in the surviving silent film fragment of King John, 1899 (courtesy Hulton Picture Library)p. 15
Laurence Olivier as the King in the 1944 film of Henry K (courtesy The Kobal Collection)p. 15
Akira Kurosawa's Japanese film version of Macbeth, Throne of Blood, 1957 (courtesy The Kobal Collection)p. 15
Genealogical table showing the houses of York and Lancasterp. 464
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