William Shakespeare by William Shakespeare
The Complete Works ([The Oxford Shakespeare])

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This beautiful new edition of Shakespeare's complete works--"The Oxford Shakespeare"--is the product of eight years of full-time research by a team of British and American scholars and represents the most thorough examination ever undertaken of the nature and authority of the early documents.
The edition abounds in unique features. It is the first volume to provide edited texts of King Lear both as Shakespeare originally wrote it and as it was revised for performance somes years later. Other plays, such as Hamlet, Othello, and Troilus and Cressida, are based on what recent research identifies as Shakespeare's revised text. Major textual alternatives--first versions of revised passages, omitted lines--are printed as additional passages. All stage directions have been reconsidered in light of original staging, and many new directions for essential action have been added. Specially designed brackets idenify conjectural stage direction and speech prefixes. In most respects, the text is identical to that of the "old-spelling" edition, but spelling and punctuation have been freshly modernized. There is a General Introduction along with brief, factual introductions to each work.
Elegantly (and Readably) designed, this book will undoubtedly become a treasure for lovers of Shakespeare throughout the English-speaking world.

About the Editors:

Stanley Wells, Head of the Shakespeare Department at OUP-UK, is a Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford. He is the author of many books and articles on Shakespeare.
Gary Taylor, who holds degrees from the Universities of Kansas and Cambridge, is the author of several books and articles on Shakespeare, including To Analyze Delight: A Hedonist Criticism of Shakespeare.
 

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1564. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. We're pretty sure he would think this version of his play is awesome. Michael Dobson is Professor of Renaissance Drama at the University of Surrey Roehampton. He has also taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Harvard University, and Oxford. Stanley Wells is Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Professor of Shakespeare Studies Emeritus, andDirector of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. He has been the general editor of the Oxford Shakespeare since 1978. About the Author: Gary Taylor is Associate Professor of English Literature at Brandeis University. He is a joint general editor of Oxford's Shakespeare: Complete Works, co-author of William Shakespeare: A Textual Companion and The Division of the Kingdoms: Shakespeare's Two Versions of "King Lear," and author of ToAnalyze Delight: A Hedonist Criticism of Shakespeare.
 
Published November 2, 1987 by Random House Value Publishing.
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Biographies can suffer from too much detail, but not when the subject is Shakespeare.

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