Arden Shakespeare Complete Works

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Mar 10, 2014 - Drama - 1360 pages
This revised edition of the Arden Shakespeare Complete Works includes the full text of Double Falsehood, which was published in the Arden Third series to critical acclaim in 2010. The play is an eighteenth century rewrite of Shakespeare's "lost" play Cardenio and as such is a fascinating testament to the original. A short introduction outlines its complex textual history and the arguments for including it within the Shakespeare canon.

The Complete Works contains the texts of all Shakespeare's plays, poems and sonnets, edited by leading Shakespeare scholars for the renowned Arden series. A general introduction gives the reader an overall view of how and why Shakespeare has become such an influential cultural icon, and how perceptions of his work have changed in the intervening four centuries. The introduction summarises the known facts about the dramatist's life, his reading and use of sources, and the nature of theatrical performance during his lifetime.

Brief introductions to each play, written specially for this volume by the Arden General Editors, discuss the date and contemporary context of the play, its position within Shakespeare's oeuvre, and its subsequent performance history. An extensive glossary explains vocabulary which may be unfamiliar to modern readers.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Shakespeares Sonnets
18
A Lovers Complaint
44
Venus and Adonis
50
Lucrece
63
The Passionate Pilgrim
83
The Phoenix and Turtle
88
Alls Well That Ends Well
89
Loves Labours Lost
743
Macbeth
773
Measure for Measure
801
The Merchant of Venice
831
The Merry Wives of Windsor
859
A Midsummer Nights Dream
889
Much Ado About Nothing
913
Othello
941

Antony and Cleopatra
121
As You Like It
161
The Comedy of Errors
191
Coriolanus
213
Cymbeline
253
Hamlet
291
Julius Caesar
333
King Henry IV Part 1
361
King Henry IV Part 2
393
King Henry V
429
King Henry VI Part 1
463
King Henry VI Part 2
495
King Henry VI Part 3
531
King Henry VIII
567
King John
603
King Lear
633
King Richard II
671
King Richard III
701
Pericles
979
Romeo and Juliet
1007
The Taming of the Shrew
1041
The Tempest
1071
Timon of Athens
1097
Titus Andronicus
1125
Troilus and Cressida
1153
Twelfth Night
1191
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
1219
The Two Noble Kinsmen
1243
The Winters Tale
1279
Double Falsehood
1313
Bibliography
1339
Index of first lines of sonnets
1345
Index of first lines of songs
1347
Glossary
1348
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About the author (2014)

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English dramatist, poet, and actor, generally regarded as the greatest playwright of all time.

ANN THOMPSON is Professor of English and Director of the London Shakespeare Centre and King's College London

Ann Thompson is Professor of English Literature and Director of the London Shakespeare Centre at King's College London

David Scott Kastan is the George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University, USA.

Professor Richard Proudfoot served as Senior General Editor of the Arden Shakespeare for 35 years, until his retirement from King's in 1999. In 2001 The Arden Shakespeare published Proudfoot's Shakespeare: Text, Stage and Canon a critical overview of the scholarly achievements made in the field of Shakespeare studies by the end of the twentieth century.

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