The Complete Works of Shakespeare

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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A balanced editorial approach, a highly respected editor, and proven apparatus combine to make Bevington's the most reader-friENDly introduction to Shakespeare available. The Fifth EDITION of this comprehensive anthology addresses the two key issues confronted by readers approaching Shakespeare today: a lack of knowledge about the historical period and difficulty with the language of Shakespeare's plays. A richly illustrated general introduction offers insight into Shakespeare's England and background on the literary and cultural contexts in which Shakespeare wrote and produced plays. Each play is introduced by a descriptive essay designed to help the reader appreciate the cultural contexts and interpretive issues raised by the play, without dictating their interpretations. Thoroughly revised and updated notes and glosses provide additional support to understanding the language of Shakespeare's time. For those interested in learning about the time of Shakepeare and reading and understanding Shakespeare's plays.

Table of Contents

Note: Readings marked with asterisks are new to this edition
General Introduction
Life in Shakespeare's England
Shakespeare's World: A Visual Portfolio
The Drama Before Shakespeare
London Theaters and Dramatic Companies
Life and Work
Shakespeare's Language: His Development as a Poet and Dramatist
Editions and Editors of Shakespeare
Shakespeare Criticism
The Comedies
The Comedy of Errors
Love's Labor's Lost
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Taming of the Shrew
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing
The Merry Wives of Windsor
As You Like It
Twelfth Night; or, What You Will
All's Well That Ends Well
Measure for Measure. Troilus and Cressida
The Histories
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 Tragedy of King Richard the Third
The Life and Death of King John
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
The First Part of King Henry the Fourth
The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth
The Life of King Henry the Fifth
The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth
The Tragedies
Titus Andronicus
Romeo and Juliet
Julius Caesar
Prince of Denmark
The Moor of Venice
King Lear
Timon of Athens
Antony and Cleopatra
The Romances
The Winter's Tale
The Tempest
The Two Noble Kinsmen
The Poems
Venus and Adonis
The Rape of Lucrece
The Phoenix and Turtle
A Lover's Complaint
Canon, Dates, and Early Texts
Shakespeare in Performance (co-authored with Lois Potter)
The Royal Genealogy of England
Bibliography: Suggestions for Reading and Research
Textual Notes
Glossary: Shakespearean Words and Meanings of Frequent Occurrence
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