The RSC Shakespeare : The Complete Works, Paperback Book
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Developed in partnership with The Royal Shakespeare Company, this fresh new Complete Works combines the very latest scholarship with elegant writing and design. It boasts a wealth of features that will appeal to public and academic libraries, teachers, students and lovers of Shakespeare everywhere, including: A definitive modernized edition of Shakespeare's text based on the 1623 First Folio (the first and original Complete Works lovingly assembled by Shakespeare's fellow actors and the version of Shakespeare's text preferred by many actors and directors today); Thought-provoking essays on each play and a superb general introduction by Professor Jonathan Bate; Jargon-free on-page notes which explain words or references unfamiliar to modern audiences; Photographs of classic or unusual performances; Clear, single-column page design, with plenty of space for writing notes; A key facts 'box' for each play which summarises the plot, major roles, language and sources. Leading the editorial team is renowned Shakespearean scholar Professor Jonathan Bate who has worked in close collaboration over many years with the artists and archivists at the RSC. His introductions and notes draw on a unique wealth of experience and resources and will help the reader to understand Shakespeare's plays as they were originally intended - as living theatre to be enjoyed and performed.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 2552 pages, biography
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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  • Category: Shakespeare plays
  • ISBN: 9780230200951

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While my preference is for reading Shakespeare's works in individual editions, it is quite convenient to have a collected set in one volume. This edition has fairly extensive glosses and introductory essays, which go a long way towards remedying the deficiencies usually found in complete works editions. Although the paper is very fine, the book doesn't feel too flimsy and it seems like it ought to last reasonably well. It's certainly a lot cheaper and takes up less space than collecting all the works individually!

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