The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Annotated)

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William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been tr

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Annotated) William Shakespeare Was An English Poet, Playwright, And Actor, Widely Regarded As The Greatest Writer In The English Language And The World S Pre Eminent Dramatist He Is Often Called England S National Poet, And The Bard Of Avon His Extant Works, Including Collaborations, Consist Of Approximately Plays, Sonnets, Two Long Narrative Poems, And A Few Other Verses, Some Of Uncertain Authorship His Plays Have Been Translated Into Every Major Living Language And Are Performed Often Than Those Of Any Other Playwright

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  1. Taka says:

    I did it.38 plays, 2 long poems, and 154 sonnets in 2462 onion paper pages I read them all ALL I think I deserve a self congratulation for this Yes Good job It took me than two months of intense reading that toughened my wrists and arms from reading it on the train standing, hardened my heart with stony indifference against people s perplexed and peering gazes thrown at me even to the point of leaning in from the side to see what the hell I m reading, and made me utterly fearless against any future reference to Shakespeare.From the end of January to today, April 5th, it was a long journey during which time I came out of Shakespearean depths only once to take a quick breather for five days and read one contemporary book It was a long, long read indeed.So what do I think of his works Amazing If you speak English, read them My favorite comedies are The Comedy of Errors, The Midsummer Night s Dream , All s Well That Ends Well, and of course, my absolute favorite, The Merchant of Venice As for histories, Henry IV part 12, Henry V, and Richard III were fascinating and beautiful in myriad aspects It seems like I m drawn to wicked villains like Richard III, Shylock, and Barabas Marlowe s The Jew of Malta , though I didn t absolutely love Iago from Othello for some reason.And tragedies Oh man I read Macbeth and Julius Caesar in high school and middle school respectively, but I can say I understood less than 10% of their artistic merit now that I read them again Macbeth is just a short, sweet, and wicked play with enchanting poetry, and the speeches in Julius Caesar are just mind blowing in their poetry and rhetoric Romeo and Juliet definitely belongs to one of his greatest works It s got the engaging story, beautiful language, and comic scenes all rolled in one everything that makes a work of art entertaining and satisfying to people from all walks of life Cymbeline is also awesome The ending just so unrealistic that it s unbelievably satisfying Hamlet is like a given and I don t think I need to say anything about it other than that it rocks.Oh and I really liked this minor play, Titus Andronicus, considered by many critics to be one of his inferior plays Granted, the beginning is just absolute shit at least plot wise, but man, it s AWESOME with all that bloody murders and plotting and hatred and violence It may be poetically inferior to other tragedies, but story wise, it holds its own among his corpus.I did it

  2. Darwin8u says:

    January 1 Two Gentlemen of Verona 1589 1591 January 1, 20172 The Taming of the Shrew 1590 1591 January 5, 20173 Henry VI, Part 2 1591 February 1, 2017February 4 Henry VI, Part 3 1591 February 3, 2017 5 Henry VI, Part 1 1591 1592 January 21, 2017 6 Titus Andronicus 1591 1592 February 9, 2017 March 7 Richard III 1592 1593 March 4, 2017 8 The Comedy of Errors 1594 March 11, 2017 9 Love s Labour s Lost 1594 1595 March 27, 2017April 10 Richard II 1595 April 7, 201711 Romeo and Juliet 1595 April 12, 201712 A Midsummer Night s Dream 1595 April 21, 2017 May 13 King John 1596 May 3, 201714 The Merchant of Venice 1596 1597 May 8, 201715 Henry IV, Part 1 1596 1597 May 20, 2017June 16 The Merry Wives of Windsor 1597 June 20, 201717 Henry IV, Part 2 1597 1598 June 24, 201718 Much Ado About Nothing 1598 1599 June 25, 2017July 19 Henry V 1599 July 5, 201720 Julius Caesar 1599 July 10, 201721 As You Like It 1599 1600 July 26, 2017August 22 Hamlet 1600 1601 August 12, 201723 Twelfth Night 1601 August 15, 201724 Troilus and Cressida 1600 1602 August 29, 2017September 25 Measure for Measure 1603 1604 September 6, 201726 Othello 1603 1604 September 15, 201727 All s Well that Ends Well 1604 1605 September 12, 2017October 28 King Lear 1605 1606 October 19, 201729 Timon of Athens 1605 1606 October 20, 201730 Macbeth 1606 October 28, 2017November 31 Antony and Cleopatra 1606 November 17, 201732 Coriolanus 1608 November 23, 201733 The Winter s Tale 1609 1611 November 25, 2017December 34 Cymbeline 1610 December 11, 201735 The Tempest 1610 1611 December 12, 201736 Henry VIII 1612 1613 December 16, 2017Other Pericles, Prince of Tyre 1607 1608 November 21, 2017The Sonnets 1609 December 19, 2017 The Two Noble Kinsmen 1613 1614 December 19, 2017 The Narrative Poems 1593 1594 December 23, 2017

  3. Daniel Cowan says:

    Simply put, When you have The Complete Works of William Shakespeare you have one of the best works of literature ever written I would definitely place it in the top 10 best works of literature of all time I bought this book at special price from here

  4. Brad says:

    For Harold Bloom Can 35 Thousand Literary Critics and 3 Million Groundlings Be Wrong Yes.Taking arms against Shakespeare, at this moment, is to emulate Harry Potter standing up to He Who Must Not Be Named Simply opposing Lord V won t end him The Shakespeare epiphenomenon will go on, doubtless for some time, as J R R Tolkien did, and then wane Or so one can hope The official newspaper of our dominant counter culture, The New York Times, has been startled by Shakespeare s plays into establishing a new policy for its not very literate book review Rather than crowd out the Grishams, Clancys, Crichtons, Kings, Rowlings and other vastly popular prose fictions on its fiction bestseller list, the Shakespeare plays will now lead a separate theatre list William Shakespeare, the chronicler of such characters as Hamlet and King Lear, thus has an unusual distinction he has changed the policy of the policy maker.Imaginative VisionI read new dramatic literature, when I can find some of any value, but had not tried Shakespeare until now I have just concluded The Comedy of Errors, purportedly the funniest of the lot Though the play is not well written, that is not in itself a crucial liability It is much better to see the movie, The Wizard of Oz, than to read the book upon which it was based, but even the book possessed an authentic imaginative vision The Comedy of Errors does not, so that one needs to look elsewhere for the play s remarkable success Such speculation should follow an account of how and why The Comedy of Errors asks to be read.The ultimate model for The Comedy of Errors is Menaechmi by Plautus, performed in Ancient Rome The play depicts the mistaken identity of a set of twins named Menaechmus But Plautus play, still quite performable, was a Roman musical, not an Elizabethan comedy Shakespeare has taken Menaechmi and re seen it in the silly mirror of slapstick The resultant blend of mistaken identities with cheesy Elizabethan idiocy may read oddly to me, but is exactly what millions of theatregoers and their parents desire and welcome at this time.In what follows, I may at times indicate some of the inadequacies of The Comedy of Errors But I will keep in mind that a host are watching it who simply will not watch superior fare, such as Ben Jonson s The Alchemist or the Tamburlaine plays of Christopher Marlowe Is it better that they watch Shakespeare than not watch at all Will they advance from Shakespeare to difficult pleasures One doubts both possibilities Rest is available at This review is a spoof of Bloom s attack on JK Rowling, which can be found here I should also mention that I love Shakespeare I don t think he ll mind me bringing down his 4.75 average rating too much.

  5. Jay Daze says:

    Very heavy Do not read in bath Oh, and some great plays.

  6. D.N. says:

    Critically speaking, still the finest one volume complete Shakespeare Signet is refreshingly free of PC literary criticism This edition is far superior to third rate editions offered by Norton and other publishers that have been completely sold out to the dark side.

  7. Martin Bihl says:

    08 11 19SonnetsWhat a terrific introduction W H Auden wrote for this section Worth the price of admission right there.05 14 19Phoenix and the Turtle, A Lover s Complaint, The Passionate Pilgrim02 01 19The Rape of Lucrece10 15 18Venus and Adonis08 28 18Two Noble Kinsmen07 26 18Henry VIIImuch interesting than i anticipated, and as a fan of A Man for All Seasons i could hear the places where it overlapped with Bolt s work.04 15 18The Tempest09 03 17A Winters Tale07 11 17CymbelineMuch better than the introduction led me to believe Yes, it s a bit neat at the end, and yes, may of the classic Shakespeare tricks are here But all in all, compelling, interesting and well done.05 27 17PericlesA Shakespeare play that experts think he only wrote 60% of Well this is an interesting mish mash01 16 17Timon of AthensHypocritical senators, fairweather friends and a good man driven mad by humanity Clearly a work of fiction06 05 16CoriolanusFascinating had neither read nor seen it performed before, nor knew the story, so i found the portrait of a hero at odds with his nation quite compelling 03 23 16Anthony CleopatraIs it just me or is this play, not exactly a mess it s obviously well crafted and well written , but just sort of a puzzle Not exactly a love story, not exactly a tragedy, not exactly a history, not a comedy What s the through line Antony s ambition The tumultuous relationship between he and Cleopatra I dunno 02 15 16MacBeth01 02 16King Lear11 07 15Measure for Measure08 15 15Othello03 31 15All s Well That Ends Well01 09 15Troilus Cresieda11 09 14The Merry Wives of Windsor10 02 14Hamlet06 02 14Twelfth Night05 06 14As You Like It10 18 13Julius Caesar08 15 13Henry V05 16 13Much Ado About Nothing03 28 13Henry IV, Part Two10 26 12Henry IV, Part One09 16 12The Merchant of Venice06 12 12The Life and Death of King John02 07 12A Midsummer Night s Dream12 20 11Romeo Julliet06 25 11Richard II03 20 11Love s Labour Lost02 16 11Two Gentlemen of Verona05 07 10The Taming of the Shrew I love this play Maybe that makes me a bad person, I don t know I love the problems of it, I love watching directors and actors try to solve the problems of it, I love the wordplay, the banter, the elaborate deceptions I just really enjoy it I even enjoy the two filmed performances that I ve seen the Jonathan Miller version starring John Cleese and the Kirk Browning version featuring Marc Singer yep, THAT Marc Singer And you know what After reading the introduction that precedes it here in this volume, I love it even The author points up elements and references and aspects that I had not considered before, making it even interesting and compelling Look, you may not like the play, and I respect it But for me, this is one of Shakespeare s finest.02 22 10Titus Andronicus You know, TS Eliot said this was the stupidest play ever written and that s coming from the guy who penned The Cocktail Party so he knows from stupid And while it was really violent, i didn t mind it Sure the characters aren t as deep and profoundly drawn as in other plays, but i feel with this play you see the young author working his craft, learning, making mistakes like there s way way too much going on, for example And that s interesting And frankly, if you made it as a movie today, i m sure the crowds would eat it up as the great unwashed did back in the 1590s Look, if you re only going to read, say, 5 plays by Shakespeare, I wouldn t put this on your list But if you re interested in watching him develop, you could do worse Though you have to ask yourself, what the hell prompted him to pick this story 01 28 10Richard III like the Henrys, wish i had a facile understanding of the details of the history so i could appreciate this That said, some great banter and Richard still emerges as a stunningly intriguing character No wonder actors make their bones on him Makes me want to see it live or at least a movie.10 09 09Henry VI part 3 okay, so i finished this trilogy Richard III is poised to commit all manner of atrocity Lots of blood, lots of gore, lots of guts And interestingly, complicated characters than in the previous two parts not that they re consistent Makes me want to learn about the history, so i can come back to this play of the three and understand Shakespeare s take on it That said, one can t come away from this play unaffected by Shakespeare s fear of the chaos of revolution and civil war Good stuff.04 24 09Henry VI part 2 is apparently Shakespeare s earliest known work, and you can tell It s clearly not one of his best unless you re well versed in the history, but still, at times, greatness glimmers through.02 01 09Henry VI part 1 was better than i expected, but hampered by my ignorance of the players and the era and, of course, like all plays, should be seen rather than read nevertheless still good banter at points that even a dullard like me can appreciate.03 02 08A Comedy of Errors was very enjoyable A little confusing, of course, and a little bit of the deus ex machina at the end, but you can forgive that because it s an early play and it never loses its light touch

  8. Liz Estrada says:

    By reading Timon of Athens, I can now say I have read them all As a theater major, it is my duty and pleasure.

  9. Michael P. says:

    A proper evaluation of this new edition of Shakespeare s probably im Complete Works from Oxford University Press would need at least 8000 words to explain, and I am not interested in writing that Overall, the texts are well edited in the popular way of editor s changing the texts to what they believe Shakespeare actually wrote when they believe something was misprinted in the early editions They also add lots of notes, and some that are perhaps less helpful than they are intended to be.I am always grateful for glosses of obscure words and phrases, and these are mostly helpful I am less grateful for the staging notes that coexist with the glosses Those I have read are not inaccurate, but they discourage creative thinking by directing our attention to specific explanations which may or may not be correct I do not like the lack of introductions In place of these are quotes about the plays from dozens of people At best, these can hint at interpretations but really explain nothing A well thought out interpretative introduction puts the play in context We can agree or disagree with it, but it is an argument about the play, and a good introduction is of great value I deeply objected to the inclusion of the lyric Shall I Die in the 1986 edition, but here I do not mind for it is in a section of poems attributed to Shakespeare in the seventeenth century miscellanies Fair enough This will be a problem when I comment on the AUTHORSHIP COMPANION The tiny section on the lost original version of SEJANUS, HIS FALL is another matter There is no apparent warrant for it It is just annoying to find it there.I do not mind the controversial choice to note Shakespeare s co authors on several plays and it is about time that ARDEN OF FAVERSHAM and other works made it into a supposedly complete Shakespeare On the other hand, the 1994 Second Edition of the previous version had complete texts of EDWARD III and SIR THOMAS MORE The current edition only excerpts the Shakespearean parts of those plays The previous was a deeply flawed edition of Shakespeare, but these excisions might be even worse.On the other hand, this is Shakespeare

  10. Anna says:

    Oh, Shakespeare I had trouble fully enveloping myself in his language until an expert came along and led me through it I appreciated the stories and the poetry and the rhythm But I could not appreciate or even comprehend the depth of the language until my professor delved into all she knew and shared as much as she could in a couple of years She was a Shakespeare guru and her favorite text is the Arden Its comprehensive notes give the reader all the information they could ever want while keeping the original intent clear and enjoyable As with translations of many texts, other publications can make any reader suspicious leaving things out, giving subjective footnotes But Arden treats the text with respect and knowledge.