- Publisher: Penguin (May 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143104802
- ISBN-13: 978-0143104803
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13.8 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 26.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,888,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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World of Shakespeare: The Complete Plays and Sonnets of William Shakespeare (38 Volume Library) Hardcover – May, 2006
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Previously I was forced to lug around one of the complete editions (my favorite being the well-anotated one-volume Pelican), which meant carrying a bulky, expensive, and weighty 7 pound book with me. With this very handy, beautiful, and well-constructed Pelican edition I am able to carry one or two plays along with me on vacation and still have plenty of room to pack other books or items.
The Pelican apparatus is great (introductions and footnotes)--editors Orgel and Braunmuller have a fine eye for problems modern readers may encounter with 400 year old texts. However, the exclusion of "Venus and Adonis" and "Rape of the Lucrece" in a separate (39th) tome is odd and inexplicable. These poems, after all, are the only works that Shakespeare himself seems to have expressly authorized for publication.
This caveat aside: rush don't walk to get these books into your library. Then, like me, you'll be ready to settle down some lazy summer afternoon (or rainy October evening) to many "sweet sessions of silent thought" while reading through the greatest canon of dramatic and poetic writing in all of human history!
Although the astonishingly low price of $94.99 made the set a deal that I simply couldn't refuse, I have always been one to believe that you generally get what you pay for, and so this low price also caused me some concern. Having seen the publishing world being inundated with cheap Chinese printings of Western canon classics over the past few years, often stacked high at the `big box' stores and varying wildly in physical quality, I was of course worried that this would be of a similar caliber. I was delighted to find that the set is printed in the United States and the quality of the books is beyond reproach. The paper is bright and the text is crisp and clear, set in an easily legible and pleasing Garamond font at what appears to be approximately 12 point. Each volume has a bookmark ribbon bound into the spine and extending approximately three inches below the bottom of the book.
Each volume measures 8 ½ inches high and 5 5/8 inches deep. You will need a minimum of 26 ½ inches of linear shelf space for them all and UPS states the shipping weight as being 29 pounds.
Even at what must be an overwhelming time for Amazon's shipping and packing departments, the set arrived in three days despite my opting for the free `super saver' shipping (Ordered late December 26, arrived December 29).Read more ›
World of Shakespeare: The Complete Plays and Sonnets of William Shakespeare (38 Volume Library)
The set contains all the plays, excluding Two Noble Kinsmen--wherein they agree with the single-volume Pelican Shakespeare second edition--and the Sonnets, but not the other non-dramatic poetry, which the single volume does contain. Why the editors chose to exclude the other non-dramatic poetry is not clear, unless it was simply volume-size considerations. Venus and Adonis, Lucrece, The Phoenix and the Turtle, The Passionate Pilgrim and A Lover's Complaint would perhaps have been too thin to place in their own volume, and added to the Sonnets would have made that volume too thick. Surely they could have been accommodated somewhere, however. This is the only complaint I have about this outstanding edition.
Each of the volumes are individually bound in navy cloth covers with silver stamped titles on front covers and spines. From the outside they are not things of great beauty, but serviceable and pleasant. They feel good in the hand, their covers giving them the substantiality the Pelican (and most other paperbacks) lack.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonder full set. Easton Press made similar single volumes of Shakespeare's 38 writings, but at a much costlier price. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Martin S. Zisser
These are nice but unless you are into theater then buy these as they are plays written by Shakespeare and not story books.Published 20 months ago by kate
Well after the return window was closed, and well after Amazon stopped selling these (only third party merchants, now), I noticed that I had two copies of "The Sonnets" and... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by J. Nelson
This set is a fabulous idea for studying The Bard. Small, high-quality hardback books, with study aids. But overpriced, maybe $99. Read morePublished on March 5, 2012 by Game Gary
After many years of searching and comparing, I came across this set of book of Shakespeare's' works. Most collections I have seen are either very expensive or not of good quality. Read morePublished on December 19, 2011 by TC
Why would it go up from under $100 to 300? It is silly to think I'd pay that much for a collection which originally sold for $99. Price went up that much in 3 years? Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by Jim Kelly Huff
... Yes! Life can be good-- No. You don't need to lift weights, in order to handle five to seven pounds of a "Complete One-Volume Shakespeare". Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by Phillip Promet
This is an amazing bargain --- quality bindings, excellent background articles, interesting introductions, helpful notes, all in a convnerient, quality binding. Read morePublished on October 15, 2010 by KnoxKen