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Founded in 1906 by J.M. Dent, the Everyman Library has always tried to make the best books ever written available to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible price. Unique editorial features that help Everyman Paperback Classics stand out from the crowd include: a leading scholar or literary critic's introduction to the text, a biography of the author, a chronology of her or his life and times, a historical selection of criticism, and a concise plot summary. All books published since 1993 have also been completely restyled: all type has been reset, to offer a clarity and ease of reading unique among editions of the classics; a vibrant, full-color cover design now complements these great texts with beautiful contemporary works of art. But the best feature must be Everyman's uniquely low price. Each Everyman title offers these extensive materials at a price that competes with the most inexpensive editions on the market-but Everyman Paperbacks have durable binding, quality paper, and the highest editorial and scholarly standards. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright of the 16th and 17 centuries, now widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the word's pre-eminent dramatist.
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  • Series: Hardcover Classics
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141192577
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141192574
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 1564, and his birth is traditionally celebrated on April 23. The facts of his life, known from surviving documents, are sparse. He was one of eight children born to John Shakespeare, a merchant of some standing in his community. William probably went to the King's New School in Stratford, but he had no university education. In November 1582, at the age of eighteen, he married Anne Hathaway, eight years his senior, who was pregnant with their first child, Susanna. She was born on May 26, 1583. Twins, a boy, Hamnet ( who would die at age eleven), and a girl, Judith, were born in 1585. By 1592 Shakespeare had gone to London working as an actor and already known as a playwright. A rival dramatist, Robert Greene, referred to him as "an upstart crow, beautified with our feathers." Shakespeare became a principal shareholder and playwright of the successful acting troupe, the Lord Chamberlain's Men (later under James I, called the King's Men). In 1599 the Lord Chamberlain's Men built and occupied the Globe Theater in Southwark near the Thames River. Here many of Shakespeare's plays were performed by the most famous actors of his time, including Richard Burbage, Will Kempe, and Robert Armin. In addition to his 37 plays, Shakespeare had a hand in others, including Sir Thomas More and The Two Noble Kinsmen, and he wrote poems, including Venus and Adonis and The Rape of Lucrece. His 154 sonnets were published, probably without his authorization, in 1609. In 1611 or 1612 he gave up his lodgings in London and devoted more and more time to retirement in Stratford, though he continued writing such plays as The Tempest and Henry VII until about 1613. He died on April 23 1616, and was buried in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford. No collected edition of his plays was published during his life-time, but in 1623 two members of his acting company, John Heminges and Henry Condell, put together the great collection now called the First Folio.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jarber3 on February 2, 2011
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This review is not about the text itself, but the presentation done by Penguin and Bickford-Smith. As with each of her designs in this series it is beautiful. A timeless presentation of a literary classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Coffey on August 1, 2013
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The kindle version of this book has two flaws that make it completely unusable:

1: The table of contents is linked, but it only has a single entry for "Sonnets" so there is no way to go to a particular sonnet without simply scrubbing back and forth trying to hunt it down. Since there is lots of front- and back-matter, this is essentially impossible to do.

2: Although there are many footnotes, none of them are linked, so they are unaccessible in any reasonable way.

I can't imagine one single person has ever bought this book and not regretted it. Thank you Amazon for the prompt refund, and shame on Penguin for caring so little. You're far better off with "The New Cambridge" version, which is properly linked and also very well annotated.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By dp on January 14, 2013
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Another beautifully bound Penguin Classic. A hard-bound collection of Shakespeare's sonnets is mandatory for any library of classic literature. Please do yourself a favor and don't purchase this book for your stupid kindle. Purchase it for your shelf or coffee table. Purchase it for your family and friends to read and reread throughout the years.

Highly recommend this and any other Penguin Classic hardcover in this beautifully crafted series.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Varian on September 8, 2011
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Alas, Penguin has not chosen to make a useful version of this book for the Kindle. Navigation is very poorly set up. There is an active table of contents, but it does not list the individual sonnets, nor does it break the annotations section out by sonnet. Much worse is that there is no linkage between a sonnet and the annotations for that sonnet. It would have been very easy to set up such links (forwards and backwards); the result would have been a really useful book. Surely they realize that the typical user will want to consult the annotations for a sonnet when reading that sonnet. What a pity they've not done a better job!

Edited to Add: In the end, I returned this Kindle book. It was full of very bad scan errors. In some cases, I couldn't even figure out what the nonsense word was meant to be. In addition, the annotations section was formatted in such a way that one couldn't use the cursor to select a word to look up in the dictionary or a group of words to highlight.

What a pity Penguin takes so little care with its ebooks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam M. Olsen on January 13, 2013
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My wife collects classic books and anything that is old. She mostly buys to read them but alot of the time she buys them just to decorate and add some old school look to our house. Great book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Big Daddy on January 18, 2014
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Christmas gifts to my spouse, a 6th grade language arts teacher, and my son, a collegiate theatre major. The recipients loved it.
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I purchased these books more as decoration for a shelf I have in my family room. They look great and add that little bit of color and style I was looking for. They're not big books though if thats what you're looking for, but great to look at! Feel sturdy as well.
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By Jessica Rubenstein on February 10, 2013
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Very Good Quality, little to no writing, came in a timely manner. I'm using it outside of class for my own purposes as well, and I love the book. The fact that it is in very good condition only makes my life easier. Thank you.
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