The Complete Pelican Shakespeare, Hardback Book

The Complete Pelican Shakespeare Hardback

Edited by Alfred Harbage

4 out of 5 (1 rating)


This major new complete edition of Shakespeare's works combines accessibility with the latest scholarship.

Each play and collection of poems is preceded by a substantial introduction that looks at textual and literary-historical issues.

The texts themselves have been scrupulously edited and are accompanied by same-page notes and glossaries.

Particular attention has been paid to the design of the book to ensure that this first new edition of the twenty-first century is both attractive and approachable.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 1520 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Shakespeare plays
  • ISBN: 9780141000589



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Just finished Twelfth Night. As far as editions of Complete Shakespeare were concerned, this was exactly what I wanted. It's compact enough that I can easily hold it and read it. (Compare to Riverside and you'll see what I mean.) The glosses were just enough to get me back into the swing of Elizabethan English. I first tried to read Twelfth Night in the Compact Oxford, which has no footnotes at all -- it was impossible, which is why I bought this edition.As for Twelfth Night itself... I'm not the hugest fan of Shakespeare's comedies (except Midsummer Night's Dream). They all blur in my head. Disguise, mistaken identity, everyone married at the end. What struck me the most about this one is how cruelly Malvolio is treated. It made me uncomfortable to read about (and watch -- I saw this play recently). And then I was also confused about the homoerotic Antonio / Sebastian relationship. What was I supposed to read into this? All in all, it's no Othello.