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Product Details

  • Series: Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library (April 12, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679433201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679433200
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.7 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Now, thanks to Octavo, anyone with a computer can enjoy priceless works. -- Time, April 5, 1999

Octavo editions give readers a firsthand experience of a milestone text: each includes page-by-page views, expert commentaries, and appropriate "marginalia." -- University of Chicago Magazine, October 2004

This is a splendid product. Those comfortable with Adobe Acrobat will have no problems using this and other Octavo CD-ROMs. -- Library Journal, September 1, 1998 --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Book Description

John Dover Wilson's New Shakespeare, published between 1921 and 1966, became the classic Cambridge edition of Shakespeare's plays and poems until the 1980s. The series, long since out-of-print, is now reissued. Each work contains a lengthy and lively introduction, main text, and substantial notes and glossary. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Radclyffe on June 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is an overall lovely compilation of Shakespeare's non-dramatic works. It's the perfect size to throw in a purse, or keep on a nightstand. The format and font are comfortable and inviting, although the sonnets are not identified by number in any way.

I do want to point out one short-fall, however. I have committed many sonnets to memory before owning this particular book and was looking one up to double-check I line I couldn't quite remember when I realized this one was missing. After a thorough sonnet-by-sonnet checking I discovered that this edition has left out 19 of the 154 sonnets. To be exact, the missing sonnets are numbers 16, 24, 25, 31, 37, 42,45,59, 80, 108, 122, 125, 134, 136, 139, 143, 148, 150, and 154.

I appreciate the inclusion of the narrative poems and some songs, but buyer beware that you will not have a complete collection of the sonnets.
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By Barklestork on May 31, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This Arden Shakespeare book contains the two major narrative poems and the few shorter poems. The introductory essay is a major contribution. It shines a bright light on the poems, their context and history. The essay shows how these poems have been relatively neglected by Shakespeare studies, why they should not be, and the essay demonstrates what fertile ground the poems offer to those who read and consider them.

It is a pleasure to follow the authors as they take on the "riddle" of the extremely unusual and remarkable poem "The Phoenix and the Turtle".

The essay is super-brilliant. It considers what's been said in the past, as well as the latest ideas, and makes some discoveries of its own. The style gets a bit academic at times, but it's very sharp.

The poems themselves are astonishing, to read them is an opportunity to experience Shakespeare as he writes almost novelistically -- immersing a solitary reader.
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By ellen urbon on September 16, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
great research and fabulous text...arden wins again...
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9 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Sheikh on May 3, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is fantastic! You get Venus and Adonis (erotic love poem), Rape of Lucrece (roman rape poem), Lover's Complaint (about the dangers of Love), Phoenix and the Turtle (symbolic of Love and Faith), and of course 154 lovely SONNETS.
David Bevington's introductions are short and informative; the footnotes are there for guidance and do not interfere with the text. A wonderful text. Buy it and take it to the beach.
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