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The Norton Shakespeare: Based on the Oxford Edition (Second Edition) (Vol. 1: Early Plays and Poems) Paperback – April 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0393931440 ISBN-10: 0393931447 Edition: 2nd

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Stephen Greenblatt (Ph.D. Yale) is Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. Also General Editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature, he is the author of eleven books, including The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (winner of the 2011 National Book Award and the 2012 Pulitzer Prize); Shakespeare's Freedom; Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare; Hamlet in Purgatory; Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World; Learning to Curse: Essays in Early Modern Culture; and Renaissance Self-Fashioning: From More to Shakespeare. He has edited seven collections of criticism, including Cultural Mobility: A Manifesto, and is a founding coeditor of the journal Representations. His honors include the MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize, for both Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England and The Swerve, the Sapegno Prize, the Distinguished Humanist Award from the Mellon Foundation, the Wilbur Cross Medal from the Yale University Graduate School, the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, the Erasmus Institute Prize, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Berkeley. He was president of the Modern Language Association of America and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Walter Cohen (Ph.D. Berkeley) is Professor of English at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Professor of Comparative Literature Emeritus at Cornell University, where he received the Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the author of Drama of a Nation: Public Theater in Renaissance England and Spain, as well as numerous journal articles on Renaissance literature, literary criticism, the history of the novel, and world literature. He has recently completed a critical study entitled A History of European Literature: The West and the World from Antiquity to the Present.

Jean E. Howard (Ph.D., Yale) is the George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. A past president of the Shakespeare Association of America, she is the author of numerous books on Renaissance drama, including Shakespeare’s Art of Orchestration: Stage Technique and Audience Response (1984), The Stage and Social Struggle (1994), Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare’s English Histories, with Phyllis Rackin (1997), Theater of a City: The Places of London Comedy 1598–1642 (2007), and Marx and Shakespeare with Crystal Bartolovich (2012). She is at work on a book about the English history play from Shakespeare to Caryl Churchill and another on the invention of Renaissance tragedy.

Katharine Eisaman Maus (Ph.D. Johns Hopkins) is James Branch Cabell Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Being and Having in Shakespeare; Inwardness and Theater in the English Renaissance; and Ben Jonson and the Roman Frame of Mind; editor of a volume of Renaissance tragedies; and coeditor of English Renaissance Drama: A Norton Anthology, The Norton Anthology of English Literature, and a collection of criticism on seventeenth-century English poetry. She has been awarded Guggenheim, Leverhulme, NEH, and ACLS fellowships, and the Roland Bainton Prize for Inwardness and Theater.
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  • Series: Norton Shakespeare
  • Paperback: 1792 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 2nd edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393931447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393931440
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Smokiechick on October 4, 2009
I think this is a great book. I cannot fault the content at all. The construction however leaves a lot to be desired. I am not fond of the onion skin paper most Shakespeare is printed on - it tears easily, crumples easily, markings bleed through, etc... and this paperback (already easily compromised) is leaden with it. I know it's a collection of nearly 2000 pages. It is very heavy and unwieldy. I liked it for class, since I only had to buy one book, but I think perhaps the smaller editions would be easier to manage (but I'm not sure what kind of paper they are printed on). The introductions are intelligent, the critical articles at the end are insightful, all of the extras are useful and intriguing. I just can't stand the paper...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Auerbach on December 20, 2012
A major flaw infects the Oxford Shakespeare, from which the Norton Shakespeare is derived: the editing of Shakespeare's texts themselves. The editors seem to have been driven by a desire to make a splash, even if this meant questionable and arbitrary editing of the texts, and so the Oxford/Norton Shakespeare features such oddness as:

* Two versions of King Lear, 90% identical and each missing some familiar lines (the Norton has three versions)
* A Macbeth that has had non-Shakespearean material added in to it, allowing it to be co-credited to Thomas Middleton (one editor is a Middleton fan)
* A Hamlet that has lost some of its most significant passages to an appendix
* Significant, damaging cuts to many of the other plays
* A Pericles with huge chunks of non-Shakespearean material added in, all of it terrible.
* Falstaff renamed to "Oldcastle" in Henry IV Part 1, though not in Part 2
* Wholly new stage directions that have been added in without note
* A horribly inept poem, "Shall I die", near-universally agreed upon not to be by Shakespeare, yet claimed as such

Yes: good Shakespeare material has been removed from the plays, and bad non-Shakespeare material has been added in.

So be aware that you will be reading versions of the plays that are substantially different than from what most people have read over the last century, or indeed, the last few centuries. And, usually, substantially worse versions. The changes tend to damage the plays, not improve them. The Norton Edition removes some of the most grotesque alterations (like Falstaff/Oldcastle), but hardly enough to undo the damage. It also raises the question of why Norton chose to use Oxford in the first place.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura on February 5, 2013
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The Norton Shakespeare is one of the requirements for English majors. And for good reason. They are the best! Don't go to class without it.
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By Douglas Whitehead on October 22, 2014
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Quick shipment and a great product— the best for the study of Shakespeare's early works.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CatFriendlyBookstore on June 12, 2014
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Normally, I prefer to buy books here through Amazon but as of the beginning of last semester at California Sate University Chico, I had to rent this Anthology so as to avoid buying it brand new. Unfortunately due to an unintentional mishap the copy I had of this book received water damage and since I could not return the copy I had to Chico's book store, it is a miracle that I got a second copy of this book in the nick of time and for less than I paid to rent this Anthology collection not to mention the brand new price at the Wild Cat Book store at Chico State which would of been more than double what I paid for this single copy; a copy that arrived in what I would like call "immaculate" condition.
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