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The Unabridged William Shakespeare (Courage Unabridged Classics) Leather Bound – September 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0762401772 ISBN-10: 076240177X

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  • Series: Courage Unabridged Classics
  • Leather Bound: 1440 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076240177X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762401772
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 3.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,550,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Earl Sullivan is Provost and professor of political science at American University in Cairo and the founding adviser of the Cairo International Model United Nations and the Cairo International Model Arab League.
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Platonicus on November 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
William George Clark and William Aldis Wright's version "The Unabridged William Shakespeare" has been diligently indentified with the traditional Cambridge edition, making this a profoundly reputable collection; and they have corrected faults found in the earlier texts to present a lucid and comparitively superior collection of Shakespeare's works. All of Shakespeare's plays and verse, along with a complete anthology of his sonnets, a glossary of Elizabethan English, an in-depth appendix containing fotenotes, and a comprehensive index of characters will be found here. This volume is a must have.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Arnold on December 13, 2001
Format: Leather Bound
This is a beautifully leather bound book. I was more than pleased with the quality of this book. Was even more amazed at the price. I was not expecting much based on the price because I expected something of this quality to cost much more.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Charles Pinney on April 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Sure, the Unabridged William Shakespeare tends be a bit unwieldy, and the text a bit small, but I suppose it would be as it contains everything the playwright and poet has written.
Having those two minor negatives in mind, this is still a very nice version to have sitting on your bookshelf. It has everything in one package and it's easy to pull down, flip to any page and start reading.
A few excellent features of the this volume are the index of all the characters from every play, a full glossary of Elizabethan English, notes on plays and even the first line of every sonnet for easy reference.
It's worth it to pick this one up and to enjoy at leisure.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Lotfinia on July 17, 2002
Format: Leather Bound
As a given, the quality of the content is unsurpassed. Even to this day, Shakespeare must surely remain as one of the finest craftsmen (if not the finest) of the modern English language, and all English-speakers would do well to harken to the Bard.
Anyway, this printing (hardcover) is very attractive, at a distance. The leather (if it's genuine) is not of the highest quality, the pages have a tendency to stick together upon first opening of the book, a result of which is the rare white streak in the text. On a more positive note, the glossary at the back is of frequent use, though it lacks some words esoteric to this modern, American reader. I haven't really read their notes that also come in the back, so I can't comment on them.
However, the fact that one can obtain the complete works of Shakespeare, hardcover in leather, for a reasonable price, itself makes this edition desireable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Anderson on August 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book was in excellent condition. As a theatre teacher who loves to buy this book for graduation presents, I would buy 10 copies from this seller if they had them!
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