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The Complete Works of Shakespeare Updated
The Complete Works of Shakespeare Updated
von David M. Bevington
  Gebundene Ausgabe

9 von 9 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen My "desert island" book, 16. Juli 2000
My pick for the best of the Collected Works, edging out the Riverside, and much better than the Oxford and Arden. (Although the Arden individual plays are essential.) Bevington's book has everything you'll need: concise, but informative introductions, emendation notes, and most importantly very good glosserial notes. The pages are not tissue-thin and the type is not too small.
Only complaint is the exclusion of The Two Noble Kinsmen. The play may be more Fletcher's than Shakespeare's, but the work is superior to Henry VIII--their other likely collaboration, which I think is also more Fletcher's work, too. That may be a minority opinion, but both plays belong in a Collected Works, so others can decide for themselves.
As for Shakespeare's works themselves many people don't know where to go after reading the biggies. Check out Cymbeline, Measure For Measure and Troilus and Cressida if you're looking for some vastly underrated plays that aren't performed nearly enough.


Henry IV, part 1 (Shakespeare, Pelican)
Henry IV, part 1 (Shakespeare, Pelican)
von Lawrence Bush
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Shakespeare's First Masterpiece, 19. März 2000
Believe it or not, Shakespeare's funniest play will be found in the Histories section of your Complete Works. That's not to say this is a comedy, but the group of characters gathering at the tavern represent the Bard's supreme comic achievement. Falstaff and the future King Henry V will have you laughing out loud. However, in the serious main plot, which picks up from the previous play, Richard II, the Percys are leading a rebellion against the usurping King Henry IV. The rebellion continues into the next play, but the Battle of Shrewbury marks an important point in Henry's reign, and serves as a fitting end to Henry IV Part 1. The play is a complete unity unto itself, but I recommend you read the complete series (Richard II, 1 Henry IV, 2 Henry IV, Henry V) in order to get the most out a very exciting and entertaining cycle. I usually recommend the Arden editions, but in this case the Oxford is superior. David Bevington is clearly one of the top editors in the field, and his notes help smooth over the rough spots in the text, especially the comic scenes which really need to be seen or heard to be fully appreciated. In that respect the Arkangel Audio version of the play is excellent.


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