- Series: Oxford School Shakespeare Series
- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 29, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198320256
- ISBN-13: 978-0198320258
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3,507 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,428,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Roma Gill, the series editor, has taught Shakespeare at all levels. She has acted in and directed Shakespeare's plays, and has lectured Shakespeare all over the world. She was awarded the OBE in 1994 for services to English Literature.
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Although it's been more than 40 years since I graduated with a degree in English and I've retired from a non-literary career in government, I still read Shakespeare on a regular basis. I'm updating my collection with volumes that will fit into my backpack for travel. This edition fits nicely and the binding protects it from being bent better than a paperback.
However, I was disappointed that the book lacks any kind of introductory info to Shakespeare or the play. That would have been very valuable.
Also sorely lacking are any helps for the original text, such as explaining what words and phrases in the original meant. The book seems to assume that the modern version is enough explanation - but it's not, if you want to really understand the original language. For example, on the first page Shakespeare's word "collier" is rendered in the modern version as "garbage man." This is not what it means.
Of course this book makes me lament the current state of education and student preparedness. Apparently, most young people these days aren't avid readers. Thus the need for a book like this that treats Shakespeare as a foreign language that needs a full modern translation.
I hope students don't stop at the modern version of the text, but use it as a bridge to really appreciating Shakespeare's original literary version, and see first-hand why Shakespeare is still considered the best writer in the English language.