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Complete Works of Shakespeare

Complete Works of Shakespeare - 5th edition

Complete Works of Shakespeare - 5th edition

ISBN13: 9780321093332

ISBN10: 032109333X

Complete Works of Shakespeare by Shakespeare and David Bevington - ISBN 9780321093332
Edition: 5TH 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
International: No
Complete Works of Shakespeare by Shakespeare and David Bevington - ISBN 9780321093332

ISBN13: 9780321093332

ISBN10: 032109333X

Edition: 5TH 04

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A balanced editorial approach, a highly respected editor, and proven apparatus combine to make Bevington the most student-friendly introduction to Shakespeare on the market.

The fifth edition of this comprehensive anthology addresses the two key issues confronted by students approaching Shakespeare today: a lack of knowledge about the historical period and difficulty with the language of Shakespeare's plays. A richly illustrated general introduction offers insight into Shakespeare's England and background on the literary and cultural contexts in which Shakespeare wrote and produced plays. Each play is introduced by a descriptive essay designed to help students appreciate the cultural contexts and interpretive issues raised by the play, without dictating students' interpretations. Thoroughly revised and updated notes and glosses support student readers line by line, paraphrasing Elizabethan idioms in clear and accessible language.


  • A richly illustrated General Introduction provides students with the historical and cultural background they need to understand Shakespeare's works in context.
  • Introductory essays on each play offer insight into major themes, cultural issues, and critical conflicts, as well as updated performance histories on each work. Recent films and stage performances are discussed for all major works.
  • The collective wisdom and critical acumen of a prestigious editorial advisory board and one of our most highly respected Shakespeare scholars combine to provide state-of-the-art scholarship and interpretive balance on each and every work in the Shakespeare canon.

New To This Edition

  • Expanded coverage of stage performance and film. Introductory essays for each play have been revised and updated to include additional information on historical and modern performances, describing how stage and film directors have dealt with interpretive and cultural issues.
  • New 16-page color section, "Shakespeare's World: A Visual Portfolio," includes historical documents, art, and photos to allow students to grasp the cultural context in which Shakespeare wrote. The Visual Portfolio also includes photos and production stills taken from recent stage and film productions, to help students to visualize on-stage scenes and dramatic situations.
  • Completely revised and updated notes and glosses assist modern student readers by providing clear, accessible paraphrases and contexts for Shakespearean idioms and word-play, while incorporating state-of-the-art critical insight and scholarship on the plays.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Life in Shakespeare's England.
Shakespeare's World: A Visual Portfolio.
The Drama Before Shakespeare.
London Theaters and Dramatic Companies.
Shakespeare's Life and Work.
Shakespeare's Language: His Development as a Poet and Dramatist.
Editions and Editors of Shakespeare.
Shakespeare Criticism.


The Comedy of Errors.
Love's Labor's Lost.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
The Taming of the Shrew.
A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The Merchant of Venice.
Much Ado About Nothing.
The Merry Wives of Windsor.
As You Like It.
Twelfth Night; or, What You Will.
All's Well That Ends Well.
Measure for Measure.
Troilus and Cressida.


The First Part of King Henry the Sixth.
The Second Part of King Henry the Sixth.
The Third Part of King Henry the Sixth.
The Tragedy of King Richard the Third.
The Life and Death of King John.
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second.
The First Part of King Henry the Fourth.
The Second Part of King Henry the Fourth.
The Life of King Henry the Fifth.
The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth.


Titus Andronicus.
Romeo and Juliet.
Julius Caesar.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.
Othello, the Moor of Venice.
King Lear.
Timon of Athens.
Antony and Cleopatra.


The Winter's Tale.
The Tempest.
The Two Noble Kinsmen.


Venus and Adonis.
The Rape of Lucrece.
The Phoenix and Turtle.
A Lover's Complaint.

Appendix 1: Canon, Dates, and Early Texts.
Appendix 2: Sources.
Appendix 3: Shakespeare in Performance (co-authored with Lois Potter).
The Royal Genealogy of England.
Bibliography: Suggestions for Reading and Research.
Textual Notes.
Glossary: Shakespearean Words and Meanings of Frequent Occurrence.