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The Second Edition of this complete collection of Shakespeare's plays and poems features two essays on recent criticism and productions, fully updated textual notes, a photographic insert of recent productions, and two works recently attributed to Shakespeare. The authors of the essays on recent criticism and productions are Heather DuBrow, University of Wisconsin at MadisThe Second Edition of this complete collection of Shakespeare's plays and poems features two essays on recent criticism and productions, fully updated textual notes, a photographic insert of recent productions, and two works recently attributed to Shakespeare. The authors of the essays on recent criticism and productions are Heather DuBrow, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and William Liston, Ball State University, respectively....

Title : Riverside Shakespeare
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ISBN : 9780395754221
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Number of Pages : 192 Pages
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Riverside Shakespeare Reviews

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2018-11-28 11:01

    I've had this almost 2000 page book since I was an English major in college some thirty years ago. It has everything Shakespeare wrote, excellent footnotes explaining the meaning of the words and allusions that are obscure now, and wonderfully insightful essays at the beginning of each play. If I were ever stuck alone on a desert island and had to pick five books to go with me, this would be one of them.

  • Andee Browne
    2018-12-02 14:52

    Need a comprehensive volume of all of Shakespeare's works? This book is for you.How about a security system? I guarantee any burglar you bash over the head with this book is going to have at least a concussion, if not brain damage. What about a doorstop? do you live in a drafty house with doors slamming all the time? You need one of these then, any door parked behind this tome is going nowhere.Got kids? Are they too big for a high chair but still a little too short for a regular chair? Park one of these babies under their butt with a pillow on top. Problem solved!Great literature with multiple household uses! I'd like to see a Kindle edition try and do that.

  • La Mala ✌
    2018-11-18 15:47

    Usé esta maravilla de libro (son las obras completas+historia+bio y demás joyitas sobre la época y el autor/es) cuando estudiaba un curso extensivo sobre este bardo (jaja traté de hacer un chiste ahí).Es lo mejor que me pasó en mi vida estudiantil/profesional y ahora duerme en mi mesa de luz, en un lugar privilegiado, lejos de los libros normales.

  • Alex
    2018-12-06 14:53

    My Riverside Shakespeare is one of my most prized possessions. All battered and marked up* and with all kinds of ephemera jammed down into it. I don't really read from it anymore - it's much easier for me to buy a $3 used edition with just one play in it; Riverside is very large. But when I re-read Shakespeare I usually revisit the Riverside intros, which are excellent.* I should note, it's marked up with the dumbest shit. I don't understand any of the notes I took in college.Anyway, a while back Jason challenged me to rate Shakespeare from best to worst; because I want that list to live somewhere, here it is.HamletLearTempestCardenioHenry IV 1 and 2 and Henry V, as a trilogyMacbethOthelloAs You Like ItWinter's TalePhilip Marlowe, just in generalMerchant of VeniceMidsummer Night's DreamRichard II & III Julius CaesarAntony & CleopatraMost of the comedies / the shittier of the tragediesTitusHenry VIKing JohnAnything co-written with anyone Henry VIII

  • David
    2018-11-16 11:45

    Before Gary loses his mind altogether about how much reading I do, I’ve been at this one since April of 2014. I list it as ‘new’ this year (as I did earlier with the NIV Study Bible—in its case also a different translation, something not applicable to Shakespeare) because all the scholarly apparatus is new to me: introductory essays, notes on source texts and variants, general chronology of other events during Shakespeare’s lifetime, critical surveys of performance history, etc., are new. I had read most of the plays before — with the exception of the ‘doubtful’ Edward III — as well as all the poems. I started reading the second Riverside edition while I was still teaching Shakespeare—which I have not been doing since 2015. My previous ‘standard’ edition had been that of Hardin Craig (1951), which my mother, then myself, then Michelle used in undergraduate study: three separate sets of marginalia, often in different colours. So the Riverside reading began for me in the spirit of Sir Georg Solti, who once mentioned that he would occasionally begin conducting Beethoven by starting with a new, unmarked score, rather than just repeat what he had previously done. I did not know at the time that I would soon no longer have quite the same professional need for the text. I finished it anyway. I tend to be like that. I did find the scholarly apparatus informative; there was always something new to consider about each text. And while I was reading it, I was in productions of The Comedy of Errors, Richard III, and Timon of Athens, so I used the ‘new stuff’ to some degree, even if not in the virtual or actual classroom. I won’t presume to review Shakespeare himself. We each have our views, some of them held very deeply, about which texts represent his peak achievements. For some, there are no troughs in the work. I tend more towards the view that Shskespeare could, on occasion, produce inferior work, that he was, in his own time and practice, at least as much a businessman (or theatre impresario) as he was an artist. I have my favourite bits, as well as passages that, after this third read through the entire canon, I will probably never see again.

  • Keeko
    2018-12-07 14:41

    Finished off with The life of King Henry the Eighth. I read it side by side with the Yale edition published in 1925 and edited by John M. Berdan and Tucker Brooke because I like how the Yale edition plays are published in individual 4" x 6" blue cloth-covered volumes that you can hold easily in your hands. People get all caught up in studying Shakespeare, and I think that sometimes that gets in the way of remembering that the reason he's lasted this long is because he's a wonderful storyteller. What I like about him is how I'll be reading him and there's the action, and the story all moving along, and then Blammo, his characters do something that is so completely true and right to the heart of how people think and act, and those moments are magical.

  • R.a.
    2018-12-06 10:51

    Although I've read MOST of this anthology, I cannot honestly say that I've the whole thing.But, almost all.Henry VI, Parts I, II, & III, quite frankly were too daunting. They became laborious which was exactly the OPPOSITE experience of the rest of the plays, sonnets, and scholarship in this wonderful compilation.

  • Quirkyreader
    2018-12-02 11:46

    The copy I have used to be my mum's. It's full of annotations that she wrote down while reading Shakespeare at University.Aside from the small print, it is a good edition to use while reading the Bard.

  • Chad
    2018-11-20 17:09

    An excellent compilation of criticism, history, and literature - a complete yet compact anthology with ample research aids and helpful bibliographies.

  • L. W.
    2018-12-14 13:54

    Shakespeare ROCKS!! Now to figure out if he really is that bumbling illiterate of Avon, or Christopher Marlow, THAT is the question!

  • Nick
    2018-12-16 17:58

    Every word in the Shakespeare canon has been read. Fuck yeah!

  • Maria
    2018-12-08 18:41

    This one will probably always be on my currently reading shelf. Right now I am working on scenes from Richard III and Twelfth Night and monologues from Cymbeline and Henry IV, part ii, also the sonnets. My least favorite play so far is the Merry Wives of Windsor - the opening scene makes no sense and if Shakespeare wrote it he must have been drunk.Now I'm working on a new scene from Twelfth Night and one from All's Well That Ends Well. The latter one I have never read so more on what I think about it later this week. All's Well is nice, not my favorite comedy but nice nonetheless. Interesting use of rhyming couplets between Helena and the king. This play is awkward for me because Bertram and Helena seem ill-matched but maybe that makes it more realistic than some of the other plays about love. There also seems to be a stronger female presence than in other plays but the women are not very three dimensional for the most part. I think this play succeeds or fails based on the vision of the director and cast more so than one like Twelfth Night.Measure for Measure is interesting. The "virtuous" characters have serious flaws and the villains are charming. Especially Lucio. There is a very similar subplot to All's Well whose moral runs along the lines of "If you have a wife or fiancee who you are avoiding while pursuing a virtuous maiden, don't make plans to deflower the maiden at midnight in the garden because the woman you meet will probably be your wife." Tempest: Just revisited for the first time since a production in college (cast as Miranda turned it down to play a spirit in an ugly mustard leotard...) It is surprising to me what language stuck and what didn't. I have part of a song that often runs through my head that evidently comes from this play but I had forgotten where I learned it. It is much shorter than I remembered. Prospero is by far the most dimensional character but the other characters are nice archetypes. Love the comedy between Stephano, Trinculo, and Caliban. I think it is interesting that Caliban speaks in verse I would have expected prose from him. Anyway. lovely play. I hope I have the chance to play Miranda before I get too old. Twelfth Night: Just revisited this for an audition. It is a wonderful comedy that holds up with few alterations in the modern world. Also three great characters for women. I was surprised by how much of the play is in prose but I suppose it makes sense because it is a comedy and so much of the action takes place between the servants. I remember seeing a wonderful production of this show at UCSB when I was in high school. I feel badly about how the audition went and I just realized it is making me reluctant to spend much time thinking about the play so maybe I will return and review it more objectively at a later date.Coriolanus was a wonderful surprise. I wanted to read it because we were going to the opening night of OSF's production of it. In general I am not much of a history person and despite the fact that this is considered a tragedy I was pretty sure it was Roman history cleverly disguised. Anyway, I found the play to be very accessible, if rather long. The language, perhaps because so much is spoken by and with commoners, is very visceral. Lots of land and animal imagery (is a dragon an animal?) that I found to be particularly appealing. I also found the play to be philosophical particularly about the role of government and tension between classes, certainly a relevant discussion in any society and time period. I didn't find Caius Marcius, later Coriolanus, to be particularly likable, but he does say some wonderfully inflammatory things and his journey was interesting. The real revelation for me was Volumina, his mother. She is incredibly powerful and interesting, right down to her intriguing child-rearing philosophies. What a role. Can't wait until I am old enough to use her monologues as audition pieces. Also lots of humor in the play. Class tensions makes for some funny disagreements. I look forward to being surprised by other works in the canon. Henry V: I chose the love scene in Act V as my final in Shakespeare class this year. I ADORE this scene. It is so sweet and romantic since the Henry doesn't speak much French nor Katherine much English but they both want it to work. It would be a thankless role in actuality since it is one of exactly two scenes that Katherine has in the play but it was perfect for in-class work. I enjoyed the play as a whole too. I know this is very dense of me, but this was the first play where I really began to understand how the histories are inked. It is really fun to watch characters (like Henry V) grow and develop throughout the plays. If I were actually in this one, I would probably want to be Pistol for all of the comic scenes. Speaking of the comedy, I think the French insult of sending Henry tennis balls when he wants to fight them is silly and delightful. I also like the pervasive use of dialects throughout. Henry VI, Part 2: I'm working on a monologue from this play - Queen Margaret (who shares my exact birthday and exact wedding anniversary). It's actually quite interesting so far, perhaps one of the most delightful aspects is the number of insults. Virtually all of I.3 is a volley of viciousness. Fantastic. And then the play takes a turn for the bloody. I am really looking forward to seeing this staged.Cymbeline: I had been planning on reading all of the plays set in Italy before my trip, but I don't think it's going to happen somehow. I am starting work on a monologue from this play so expediency trumps lofty aims.Richard III: I just got cast as Lady Anne so I've read this play twice recently and will be reading it lots more in the New Year. I'm drawn to the number of roles there are for older women in this play. I think it will be fun to work with a group of accomplished actresses. I also love the two murderers and the constant wordplay. Richard seems to be having the most delightful time being rotten person. I hope our performance conveys the deliciousness of his actions. Lots about fate and prophecy in this, a feeling for the truth of the curse"may you receive everything your wish for".Two Gentlemen of Verona: This is the summer show for SF Shakes. I think I want to audition for it but I need to read it first. Just finished and it's fine, lots and lots of plot similarities to other plays, some "All's Well", a touch of "Romeo & Juliet", a little hint of Arden forrest. My favorite character was Launce, a servant who has lots of clever dialogue and a priceless monologue about the trials and tribulations of being a dog owner. Macbeth: Had an audition for an incredible production of this yesterday. Just re-read it. There's a reason this is a classic. Love all of the opposites ("fair is foul and foul is fair"). I was surprised by the relationship between the Mackers, there's a lot of love there. My impression going in was that Lady Mac was pure evil and Mac was weak, but they're so much more and I can totally see how things got out of hand. Reading this was like a treasure hunt because there are so many famous lines and I have seen so many pieces of this show in class. I'd read this again in a minute.The Winter's Tale: I just re-read an edited version of this play for an audition I am attending. Still some lovely monologues and charming scenes. I have a hard time with some of the character's choices, they seem illogical to me but I think that means they are well written because they are behaving in that messy way things happen in real life. with such a large time span between the beginning of the play and the end, it is a challenge to know what character to try for. Will the characters be cast as they are at the start and aged for the second half or the other way around? i would really, really love the chance to work with this play in greater depth.

  • Ivy H
    2018-12-13 17:44

    I love this collection and I used this at University. It was damn heavy to log around but was a wonderful resource because of the detailed explanations and translations for some of the out dated terms used by Shakespeare in his plays. It is still proudly displayed on my "public" library book shelf at home ( my romance novels are in a special hidden storage room ). I loved the layout of the collection and the fact that each play and each section were prefaced by concise, analytical essays of introduction. There were lovely little illustrations for the plays as well. I think I studied only about 4 history plays, all the tragedies, all the comedies, The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatry and a couple of the "problem plays". I never actually got around to studying the poems although I did read through a few of his lovely sonnets. My favourite play from Shakespeare will always be Much Ado About Nothing because I love Benedict so much and Beatrice was such a strong female character. I love Hamlet the most from among the tragedies because he was such a sexy tragic bastard and Shakespeare was a boss with his use of the Garden of Eden metaphor in that play. Lol. I wished Hamlet could have made his mind up already, though ! And I hated how poor Ophelia lost the will to live after he told her to go to a nunnery. Othello was probably the precursor for many a jealous obsessive asshole Harlequin Presents hero. Macbeth was too much of a p***y whipped asshole and King Lear's senile vanity was a bit too much to take at times. I preferred Julius Caesar to Antony and Cleopatra because there was more intrigue to analyze. And I will always have a special love for The Tempest because it's so epic ! I've always said that when I have a daughter I shall probably name her Miranda or Ariel.

  • Sherry Leclerc
    2018-12-02 17:41

    I love Shakespeare. I loved this version of his work as well. I have always admired his ability to write his sonnets in iambic pentameter. I know that, these days, many writers of poetry like to write "train of thought" style, but I can't help but feel that there is a true art and mastery in giving oneself guidelines to work within and still ending up with something spectacular. Then there is also the beauty of the words on the page. I also love the hidden digs, puns, plays on words, etc., one can find within his plays. He was truly a master.

  • Adam Bryant
    2018-12-11 18:44

    Read and studied many of the plays in Ralph Williams brilliant course at the University of Michigan.

  • Tracey
    2018-11-28 16:02

    Did this course with Mr. Blistein at Brown in the mid 1970's. We covered it all, although I think I slept through a few of the histories...

  • Bret James Stewart
    2018-11-15 16:11

    Oceans of ink have been written about Shakespeare's works, so I see no reason to add my two pence. As to this edition, though, I have many good things to say. It is an academic edition, and I am please with the book for a number of reasons.First off, the book is attractive and well made. The hardcover is sturdy, the interior artwork is elucidating and fun, and the complete works are included, even the ones whose canonicity are only probable. Different scholars write the general and individual work introductions, which is nice as it adds variety and exposes the reader to different approaches and views of the works. The book is heavily glossed on the page where the text in question appears, which is great as you can simply look down to find the information. Most readers are not going to know all the nuances of Elizabethan English, so this glossing is vital to understanding ye olde utterances of The Bard.There are various appendices dealing with the stage history of the works, original source material, and timelines as well as a bibliography and selected glossary at the end. This book is my favourite by far of Shakespearean books in regard to completeness and reading aids. It also helps me get my exercise carrying it around the house as it clocks in at just over 2,000 pages. I read every one of them. You should, too.Regarding the plays, they are written to be performed and are best enjoyed, in my opinion, in performance combined with reading. I read first and after and have no preference myself as to which should be done first, but I definitely recommend both. I personally found the BBC versions of the plays to be great as they are Englishmen and talented. The videos are free on youtube. The BBC set out to do all the plays, which is great because you can watch some of the lesser performed works. I am not sure the canonical views of the BBC and this book match 100%, so a few of the plays that were previously not considered Shakespearean may not be available. Still, watch those you can. Then, read this wonderful text (or vice-versa) for a deeper enjoyment of these works; they really are timeless and worth the time necessary to invest in the experience.

  • Dan
    2018-12-04 16:06

    I won't say I've read all the entire book (I'm leaving King John and Henry VI for some time later)--but I think I've read enough to comment on it. A good edition of Shakespeare, with a general introduction, textual notes, and illustrations (including coloured plates).Here's my review of Hamlet:The hero wears black, is a university student, writes poetry, studies philosophy at university. He's got a thing going with Ophelia. Horatio has his back. Following the death of his father and the remarriage of his mother, Hamlet finds himself questioning everything he had formerly believed. When some of his friends tell him they've seen a ghost, he sets out to investigate, with surprising results.The play has a ghost, madness, melancholy poetry, meditations on suicide, self-reflexivity, radical doubt, political espionage and intrigue, rebellion, graveyard humor, a moment of Zen, a duel.Shakespeare had a double task here: creating the fascinating mind of the prince, and then constructing a situation equal to testing his hero's estimable capacities. He succeeds at both.Hamlet is sometimes thought of as the most "modern" of Shakespeare's plays. Among all of Shakespeare's characters, Hamlet is the one who would have been most capable of writing Shakesepeare's plays. I have heard it said that one spectator liked the play because it was "full of quotations."I've recently re-read Othello, and think that it is one of the most "Jerry Springer-ish" of the dramas.Other plays I'd recommend in particular:Romeo and Juliet, The Tragedy of King Richard III,Macbeth, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, King Henry IV, Part 1, Henry V.

  • Jeannie
    2018-11-29 14:51

    The plays I have read thus far:Histories:Richard II 3 1/2 stars My first Shakespeare play. I liked it, but it was hard to read. 1 Henry IV5 Stars One of my favorite Shakespeare plays. Right mix of poetry and prose, and I love the men in it! Tragedies:Antony and Cleopatra4 stars. Another of my favorites. The relationships that the reader establishes with characters in this play are intense. I also liked that the "biggest affair in all of literature" was not overly pornographic. King Lear3 1/2 stars It was interesting, intriguing, etc. But gross and disturbing in too many parts. Romeo and Juliet4 stars. Everyone knows this is a great play. I must say that Romeo sickens me, though. Whenever I read his lover lines, I get a distinct curl in my lip. Comedies:Midsummer's Night Dream3 1/2 stars. Cute, fun, light. I felt like I had wasted my time after reading it, though. Perhaps my feelings of disgust was because I had to read it in 4 hours before class. Measure for Measure3 stars. Dark, disturbing, and troublesome. I felt very dark after reading this play. The Tempest5 stars. Fun, intriguing, good morals, magical. I would love to see this one performed. Prospero is my hero! Poems:Venus and Adonis4 stars for writing, 1 star for my preference. Umm...pornographic... Yeah, to paraphrase Kate from NCIS, I am going to hell just for reading this poem. Some of the Sonnets4 stars for writing, 3 stars my preference. Although I love many romance novels, I do not care for desperation.

  • Seth McGaw
    2018-11-21 11:41

    Half-price book store for my favorite edition of S's plays: 4 bucks. Yeah. Is it sad that this is what made my week?The Riverside's certainly the clearest-printed I've run across, of the dozen or so well-known versions out there - and though I wish there were a few more annotations per page as far as the more obscure Elizabethan language goes, I still think this one "feels" best, with just the right amount of spacing between lines, so that it's discernible enough to be read without a magnifying glass but just bunched together enough (on the very nice extra-wide pages) so that one can burrow down into the solilioquys without too much of that annoying page-turning business.And of course, this will remain on my "currently-reading" list for some time to come, as I don't think I've gone a week during the last year, without at least one random act. Of the plays, that is. Now about to embark on Coriolanus, as I hear from the experts that it's the most "timely" one... well, we shall see....

  • Mike
    2018-11-21 10:55

    I realize that it's lazy of me to add this instead of having to think about how the individual plays (I'm in Shakespeare for the plays, not the sonnets) stack up against each other, but I have to add this if for no other reason than that it is one of the very few books in my personal library that has survived every single one of my residential relocations since college, which I think is about 15-20 moves and a total of more than 20,000 miles. Also, it's a book, right? And a really great one that everyone should own. Oh yeah, one more thing is that when one of my best friends, Scott H., got married, the magistrate who presided because no preacher was available had this book (not my copy of it, unfortunately) on his pulpit because no Holy Bible was available!

  • Tony Poerio
    2018-12-07 12:58

    It's Shakespeare, all of Shakespeare. I cannot fathom how someone could give it less than 5 stars, unless you're taking issue with some minor academic decision like which version from which folio is used. For 99.9999999% of the world's English speaking population, this is the only Shakespeare you will ever need to buy, and you probably won't read it all anyways. I studied literature and had to read, probably most of it, 60% or more. And while some plays are better than others, Shakespeare is a mammoth of literature, the writer everyone else aspires to be. Gotta give him the respect he deserves. 5 f'n stars.

  • Stacey
    2018-11-24 15:59

    Not trying to show off here, but I have literally read everything that Shakespeare wrote because a) I'm an English teacher, b) I'm a theatre dork, and c)I was like a total stalker for the stuff in college and read it for fun because I'm just that lame. Of course I like some of it better than others, but there's a reason the man is so famous. Favorite comedies: Midsummer Night's Dream, Taming of the Shrew, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Merchant of Venice (in that order). Favorite tragedies: Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello. Favorite histories: Richard III, Henry IV. Favorite sonnets: too hard to choose. 18 is a classic.

  • Jake
    2018-11-28 16:08

    Since junior year of college this has been my indispensable tool for reading and understanding Shakespeare. All the plays, all the poetry, plus helpful archaism-deciphering footnotes.If there is one part of this volume I haven't valued, it's the articles preceding each play. I can't say they are useless; they just haven't been of any use to me. There may be other complete works of Shakespeare available, but this one has assured I always have a scholarly edition at hand to read and study. Don't rely on cut and past online editions to read these plays. Invest in volumes like this to ensure you get the most out of reading Shakespeare.

  • Lydia
    2018-12-02 18:07

    Read thus far:The Taming of the ShrewAs You Like ItTwelfth NightMeasure for MeasureRomeo and JulietJulius CeasarHamletOthelloMacbethThe TempestKing LearVarious sonnetsTo read:The Comedy of ErrorsThe Two Gentlemen of VeronaLove's Labor's LostA Midsummer Night's DreamMuch Ado About Nothing (seen)Troilus and CressidaAll's Well That Ends WellHenry VI: 1, 2, 3Richard III (seen)King JohnRichard IIHenry IV: 1, 2Henry VHenry VIIITitus AndronicusAntony and Cleopatra (seen)CoriolanusTimon of AthensPericlesCymbelineThe Winter's TaleTwo Noble KinsmenVenus and AdonisRape of Lucrecethe other Sonnets

  • Jeremy
    2018-11-30 12:42

    The four-star rating is cumulative. I read this for a class at Bob Jones with Dr. Caren Silvester. We read Twelfth Night, All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, The Winter's Tale, The Tempest, and Troilus and Cressida.The plays I enjoyed the most were The Winter's Tale, All's Well that Ends Well, The Tempest, King Lear, and Twelfth Night. Measure for Measure and Othello were pretty good.I read The Tempest and King Lear for prelims (April 4-6, 2015).

  • Jennifer
    2018-12-01 10:58

    It's all here in one big beautiful book. I love Shakespeare and like to pick this up and read from it. It's also nice to have the complete works in one place--easy to look things up if you are a stickler for Shakespeare "trivia" or want to know if something is being done accurately. I got this for an undergrad class and am so happy to have it (although I know mine is an earlier edition as this was published in 1997 and the class would have been earlier than that). Finally got rid of all my little individual Shakespeare books over the years. One downside, this is not portable--big and clunky!

  • Nathan Sweeton
    2018-11-28 15:57

    A Shakespeare play is only as good as its edition. Fortunately, the Riverside Shakespeare maximizes the positive qualities of both the second (good) quarto and the first folio, borrowing the best elements from both versions of the play to create a new authoritative edition. The introductions to the plays, as well as the footnotes and endnotes, are both insightful and delightful to study. If you love Shakespeare or Shagspear, Shaksper, whatever you want to call him (he wasn't very particular), then you will love the Riverside Shakespeare.

  • Bill
    2018-11-17 12:07

    It took me three summer vacations to read all of this, going chronologically (as best we can know) through the works and alternating with chapters of Harold Bloom's _Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human_. I read from the older 1974 edition, which lacks the Funeral Elegy (which, as it turns out, is likely by John Ford, and not by Shakespeare). This was a great experience; there are many hidden treasures among the lesser known plays, and those I was most familiar with gained by being read in proximity to the others.

  • Tiffany
    2018-12-09 16:03

    Altogether too big a book to lug around and too nice a book to make notes in the margins. I prefer the Signet editions of Shakespeare's plays for both those reasons and also because the littler books are accompanied by learned essays from the most famous commentators in the 400 years since Shakespeare's death. And because text explication is included at the bottom of each page. As a person who reads footnotes I don't want to be constantly flipping to the back of the book. Too fatiguing.Looks great on the shelf, though.