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The Complete Works of Shakespeare (7th Edition) Hardcover – January 8, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0321886514 ISBN-10: 0321886518 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2016 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 7 edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321886518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321886514
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Bevington is a highly respected editor and Shakespearean scholar. He is Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus. He taught drama at the University of Chicago, focusing on Shakespeare and his contemporaries (Jonson, Marlowe, Webster, Middleton, Dekker, etc.), as well as medieval drama and then the entire sweep of Western drama from Aeschylus and Sophocles down to Caryl Churchill and Tom Stoppard. In addition to courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and medieval drama, he co-taught in Theater and Performance Studies ((variously with Heidi Coleman, Director of University Theater, John Muse, English  Department, and Drew Dir, resident dramaturg at Court Theatre) a two-quarter sequence called The History and Theory of Drama from the 5th century B.C. down to the present day. "One of the most learned and devoted of Shakespeareans," so called by Harold Bloom, he specializes in British drama of the Renaissance, and has edited and introduced the complete works of William Shakespeare in both the 29-volume, Bantam Classics paperback editions and the single-volume Longman edition. He also edits the Norton Anthology of Renaissance Drama and an important anthology of Medieval English Drama. Bevington's editorial scholarship is so extensive that Richard Strier, an early modern colleague at the University of Chicago, was moved to comment: "Every time I turn around, he has edited a new Renaissance text. Bevington has endless energy for editorial projects." In addition to his work as an editor, he has published studies of Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and the Stuart Court Masque, among others, though it is for his work as an editor that he is primarily known.

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44 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Paul Boboc on January 16, 2013
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This is a revision of my original petty review, which had only two sentences and rightfully got several neutral votes. I hope that all who chance upon it are helped by it.

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PRELIMINARY THOUGHTS

"After God, Shakespeare has created most." The great James Joyce, King of English prose, says that in Ulysses, quoting Alexandre Dumas. And TS Eliot: "Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them; there is no third." Universal consensus names this lad from Stratford, an illiterate glover's son, one of the largest creative intellects that ever lived, a luminary of mankind, as great as the supremely gifted Old Testament authors, Homer, Jesus, Plato, Muhammad, the offspring of the Islamic Golden Age and the geniuses behind ancient Greek thought and Tang Dynasty Chinese poetry. Like Mozart and da Vinci, he remains a miracle: one of those rarest of instances where a supreme intelligence joins with an inexhaustible imagination, passion, tolerance and empathy in the same soul. If Dante is the Poet of the Sacred, Shakespeare is the Poet of the Human. There is the Bible, the Qur'an, the Gita, the Dao De Ching, divine revelations to fallen man. And there is Shakespeare: fallen man revealing himself to himself, Hamlet and Falstaff alike. The human soul coming to know itself in the working-house of its own despair and absurdity.

Yet comparisons & praise are odious. On to the review.

Among these complete works, which shall we moderns purchase? I'm not truly so learned in this matter, but I'm pursuing a career in higher education and my principal area of study is Shakespeare and Renaissance dramaturgy. I'll also start working on a biographical novel of Shakespeare's life not too long from now, after the mountains of research are finished.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Q on August 21, 2014
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This is the best complete Shakespeare on the market. Why?
First, the introductory essays to individual plays by Bevington are excellent, reviewing all the major themes and issues. These alone justify the price.
Second, the footnotes are excellent; not too many and not too few.
Third, the introductory material for the book as a whole: a great collection of essays on the historical, biographical, and literary context of the plays.
My only criticism is that the paper is a little thin, but it's better than the Norton in this regard. There's really no way to keep the book to a manageable size and weight without using thin paper. The only other option is to split it up into volumes. Overall, the construction quality of the book is fine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By drwelch on March 30, 2014
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This is the only copy of Shakespeare you'll ever need. Everything is included. Bevington has essays to introduce each written work, as well as a very lengthy introduction to Shakespeare's life and contemporary history. There is even a really nice breakdown of the history of the British monarchy to help with understanding the history plays.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol L. Chassman on February 27, 2014
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Terrific book. the printing is large enough for aged eyes and magnifying reading glasses The explanations of both words and historical meanings are wonderfully correct easy to read, and a thoroughly enjoyable book.

thank you , amazon
Carol
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By MHLRegRanger on March 2, 2014
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Very glad I got this version of Shakespeare's works. The summary and discussion of each play gives valuable insights into the works and I've found them valuable preparation before either reading the plays or attending performances.
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