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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Knickerbocker Classics) Hardcover – October 10, 2014
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William Shakespeare was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works include some collaboration, consisting of about 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses, the authorship of some of which is uncertain. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
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It was wonderful! I was happier than a twister in a trailer park! Whenever there was down-time at my facility, and everyone sat there exchanging bean dip recipes, while talking about dieting at the same time, i'd have my nose in my Kindle reading my favorite plays, exploring new ones as well as sonnets, etc.
Fast forward 2016, it had been a few months since i read from my Ultimate collection. I went to the table of contents. And.. there wasn't any. I highlighted "Front Matter" hoping i would find it there? Nope. All that appeared was the beginning of the first comedy, "All's Well that end's well"..
I highlighted "Cover" where i could see the cover of the book and swipe right over to the table of contents. Guess what? There i was AGAIN - All's Well that ends well."
Like other people have posted in the the one star reviews: It's like reading a data file. You have to go through every single play in order to find what you're looking for.
I did the Kindle "video MayDay" asking if this was a problem, and could she help me resolve this issue? She pretended to look for the problem and disconnected us.
I thought, okay.. Let's try this again. Guess what? The second "customer service" rep listened, then pretended to "look it up on amazon" herself.. right in the middle of it? She disconnected us.
Apparently, this is a problem no one can solve. I tried deleting the book from the carousel, no problem. But you CANNOT delete it from the Cloud and start over. I've tried it. You cannot even remove this worthless file from the Cloud itself. It's stuck there.
Thus, i'll have to find a new Shakespeare collection, with an ACTIVE table of contents.
Do not waste your money of this.. I have no idea what happened? But Everlasting Flames Publishing Company better get off their Everlasting As** and fix this problem before they lose customers to other companies.
Oh, just when i thought i would download other Kindle Editions of Shakespeare from other publishers? Guess What? Many of the Kindle users are having the same problem.
Also, if you see a 5 star review regarding the Ultimate Collection? Check very closely. These reviews are mixed in with those who have bought the "HARD COVER EDITION" which seem to be the ones getting the 5 stars.
It is not complete at all. Unreadable. It is bits and pieces from the Free Project Gutenberg Version. Not worth the seven dollars I paid. Not even useful for free.
You can see in the image I took the Project Gutenberg Copyright. Also, a perfect example of absurdness of this book, Shakespeare's "Coriolanus" starts with Act 2 scene 1. No Act 1.
The book should be retitled "The Incomplete works of Shakespeare".
That said, however, I am rather disappointed with the formatting of the Kindle edition. It completely lacks diacritical marks (accented characters) and proper justification of text, which makes it difficult if not impossible to glean the proper metrical structure of the lines. For example, if a single line of verse is split across two speakers, then the typical convention is to have the second line pushed out to the right so that its left edge aligns with the previous line's right edge. The editors of this text chose to follow this convention, and even illustrate it in the introduction, but in the actual plays the formatting is lost and it turns out that even in the introduction it was "faked" with an image. Furthermore, line numbers are provided every 5th line, but they are simply tacked on to the end of each 5th line of text instead of being properly right or left justified, and it is extremely distracting to read these line numbers as part of the normal flow of text each fifth line, especially since the lines are formatted in the "ragged right" style.
If you want to have all of Shakespeare's works on your Kindle, this is the best you'll find right now. But due to the above formatting issues I cannot recommend it wholeheartedly.