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The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, 2nd Edition Hardcover – August 1, 2005
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"State-of-the-art scholarship...has come to stand as the edition of record of Shakespeare's poems and plays."--San Diego Union-Tribune
"Includes stage directions, introductions, and a trove of other scholarly goodies. A beauty."--Library Journal (starred review)
About the Author
Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham, the Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Vice-Chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Gary Taylor is Professor in the English Department at the University of Alabama. John Jowett is Associate General Editor of the Oxford Collected Works of Thomas Middleton and co-author of Shakespeare Reshaped 1606-23. William Montgomery works for the Guardian newspaper.
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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".
This volume contains all the plays sonnets and poems written by William Shakespeare. Some of the more popular plays in this selection include the following: The Tempest, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer-Nights Dream, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, The Winter's Tale, King John, King Richard the second, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra. The Sonnets and Poems in this volume include: Venus and Adonis, the Rape of Lucrece, Sonnets, A Lover's Complaint, The Passionate Pilgrim and the Phoenx and Turtle. This text also has a special transcript by Sir Walter Greg of Shakespeare's contribution to Sir thomas More. There is also a helpful glossary and a bibliography section in this huge text.
In conclusion, the only reason I did not give this great book five stars is because my old eyes had some trouble reading the small print, even with my reading glasses on; however, those with the eyes of youth will find this an excellent volume of the complete works of William Shakespeare.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku)