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`The Oxford Shakespeare is an admirably scholarly edition, immaculately presented, offering close attention to possibilities of staging as well as meaning.' Dr D. Sedge, Exeter University
`This edition offers the most substantial and one of the most penetrating discussions of the play to date. A remarkable scholarly achievement.' Dr Rene J.A. Weis, Department of English, University College, London
`a most impressive and illuminating edition' R. N. Alexander, Queen Mary Westfield, London
`The major strength of Professor Braunmuller's edition is its introduction. He offers a sane review of such difficult questions as the date of the play, and such controversial ones as its relation to "The Troublesome Reign". The evidence is marshalled in a lucid manner and sensible conclusions drawn ... This is a significant contribution to the (now quickly developing) debate on "King John", and a good demonstration that investigations of Shakespeare as a political dramatist (as opposed to a moral sage) need not be critically reductive.' The Review of English Studies
`By its 'conventionally ordered introduction' (p.1), A.R. Braunmuller's Oxford King John signals that it is, indeed what the dustjacket claims, 'the most thorough scholarly edition now available' ... his edition foregrounds technical material important to scholars over more general interests ... Braunmuller's approach to editing is as fair-minded and scholarly as his introduction ... the King John that sets out the issues most fully and fairly, the edition I want in my study, is Braunmuller's 'conventionally ordered', scholarly text.' Virginia Mason Vaughan, Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, Yearbook of English Studies, 1992
'Stanley Wells' OUP Complete Works of Shakespeare is now eight years old and has spawned a new Oxford Shakespeare which appears now in splendidly affordable volumes in that nonpareil of libraries of good reading The World's Classics.' The Oxford Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Like every other play in the Cambridge School Shakespeare series, King John has been specially prepared to help all students in schools and colleges. This version of King John aims to be different from other editions of the play. It invites you to bring the play to life in your classroom through enjoyable activities that will help increase your understanding. You are encourage to make up your own mind about the play, rather than have someone else's interpretation handed down to you. Whatever you do, remember that Shakespeare wrote his plays to be acted, watched and enjoyed. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Though not as well-known as some of his other history plays, Shakespeare’s King John is a superb study in power and character (or lack thereof). Read morePublished 24 days ago by Daniel Putman
“King John” is often overlooked when one reads Shakespeare, and it should not be, as it has some great things to add to the canon. By the way, I give "King John" a 3. Read morePublished 7 months ago by B. Wilfong
text and history cannot be beat in any other edition...arden wins every time...Published 12 months ago by ellen urbon
this was the wrong version. I returned it for the Folger version rated belowPublished 13 months ago by John I. Levitt
For the price, this is a fair buy. The text is clear and of an appropriate quality for the price. There is no analysis or discussion of the play. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Stephen
This edition is too authentic. It preserves Elizabethan spellings and oddities of typesetting - u's for v's and v's for u's, for instance. Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Timrob
If you like other Shakespeare works then you will like this. If you don't like Shakespeare's plays or if you need a more modern translation then don't get this. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by Richard