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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (1623)

by William Shakespeare

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    Asimov's Guide to Shakespeare by Isaac Asimov (shurikt)
    shurikt: What would a SF writer know about Shakespeare? A lot, apparently. This is a great book to refresh your memory before the occasional Shakespeare in the Park -- if you don't want to read the play again.
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    Shakespeare and Co. by Stanley Wells (akfarrar)
    akfarrar: Editor and Shakespeare Scholar - Wells
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    The Literature of Renaissance England by John Hollander (MissBrangwen)
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    Haunt Me Still by Jennifer Lee Carrell (kraaivrouw)
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    Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Pattty)
    Pattty: Si te gustó Hamlet seguro te gustará Macbeth, que es una historia buena y mucho más "macabra"
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    A Dictionary of the English Language: An Anthology (Penguin Classics) by Samuel Johnson (Voracious_Reader)
    Voracious_Reader: He refers to all sorts of authors, but most frequently Shakespeare.

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MEASURE FOR MEASURE. The Duke of Vienna gets tired of enforcing laws involving public morality. He takes a leave of absence "to travel". Instead, the Duke disguises himself as a friar and spies on his Deputy, Angelo, who takes control. Young Claudio violates the public morality laws. Angelo is determined to enforce the law, making an example of Claudio.
Shakespeare seems to be making a point about hypocrisy, pointing a finger at those who accuse others publicly, but privately TUO QUOQUE. The play's theme also challenges having different rules for commoners and rulers. WS exposes the corruption of those in power, and human fallibility.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Comedy and love story taking place during Medieval times. The protagonist is Count Claudio, who returns victorious from wars and falls for Hero, the daughter of his best friend. Claudio and Hero try to marry while a second couple swear off marriage and even love.

The play features classic tropes invoked to this day: Love-at-first-sight, the pair who seem to hate each are meant for each other, and the distraction of genitals to serious things. The play rolls with innuendos, double entendres and puns.

ROMEO AND JULIET. Teenage boy and girl from rival gangs in Verona, the Montagues and Capulets. No one approves of the relationship, and obstacles to any future happiness are set in place by the feuding families, who at least enjoy this common ground. The couple conjoin against all odds and deliberations. But only to be drawn to great tragedy, really by the power of their love.

The play reveals timeless themes: the allure of love at first sight; challenging authority figures; the flight from one's parents and into adulthood; the passage of time; and the role of destiny. Different generations and phases of our own lives may reveal different themes. Shakespeare toys with love as merely physical attraction? Legal contract? Is love mostly about romance? How can you know if love is true? And of course, Mercutio asks grave questions. Shakespeare gives no clear answers, leaving it to the audience to meditate on the meaning of a passionate life, and the utter depraved futility of tribal hatreds.

MERCHANT OF VENICE. This play comedic with intense and tragic scenes. I have laughed and wept often in the same scene!

We are engaged with the merchant Antonio and the moneylender Shylock in high risk money-lending with erupting effects of money lending/borrowing, greed, social classes, and anti-Semitism. Matchless speeches and soliloquies. The character Shylock and a female lawyer Portia, engage in a beautifully written opening and closing arguments at trial. ( )
  keylawk | Nov 23, 2014 |
isbn number: 978-0-7607-0332-8 ( )
  McKinleyJustin | Sep 28, 2014 |
All the plays arraigned in chronological order.
  rogerkrell1 | Sep 16, 2014 |
Have 2006 edition (one volume)
  kvams | Sep 6, 2014 |
What can you say that hasn't been said about the works of one of the most brilliant minds who ever lived? All superlatives elude me. Only the Ancient Greek playwrights are his equals. All others pale in comparison. Unfortunately, so many are turned-off to Shakespeare because of their introduction to him in high school. What a pity. Shakespeare is to be watched! Reading him is a poor substitute. If you can readily understand the English language of his day, he is easy to read, but few are adept at this. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
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William Shakespeare's date of birth is not precisely known, but it probably preceded his baptism on April 26, 1564, in Stratfordon-Avon, by only a few days.
Publisher's Preface: In the words of the First Folio of 1623, "The Riverside Shakespeare" is addressed 'To the great Variety of Readers.  From the most able, to him that can but spell.'" - Harold T. Miller, President Houghton Mifflin Company
Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.
- (The Tempest, Act 1, Scene 2, Line 213)
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This work contains all WORKS written by Shakespeare - this is not the Complete Plays only. Shakespeare had written sonnets and poems as an addition to the plays.

Please do not combine both.

Questionable as to whether single volume "complete works" omnibus editions should be combined with multi-volume editions and whether multi-volume editions containing different numbers of volumes should be combined with each other.

Addendum by 1Dragones: The Rape of Lucrece by William Shakespeare is not included in all "Complete" editions of Shakespeare's work... That long poem is included in my single volume omnibus editon but not in my 38 volume set. There are the sonnets but none of the other poetry in the single volume dedicated to shakespeare's poetry in the 38 volume set.

IMO Single volume omnibus editions should not be combined with multi-volume sets and sets containing different numbers of volumes should not be combined with each other. (End of addendum by 1dragones).
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This book's contents include a 90 page, illustrated introduction, 37 Plays, 154 Sonnets and 5 other Poems; Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, The Passionate Pilgrim, The Phoenix and The Turtle, and A Lover's Complaint and 30 Appendices. Other material such as may aid the college student in his or her study of Shakespearian literature are also included but not itemized here. This book was written for the beginning to intermediate student of Shakespearian literature.

Note: The above description applies only to the single volume omnibus edited by G.B. Harrison, not the 38 volume set published by Penguin, nor, likely, any other set or omnibus of William Shakespeare's work.
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This complete and unabridged edition contains every word that Shakespeare wrote — all 37 tragedies, comedies, and histories, plus the sonnets. You’ll find such classics as The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing and The Taming of the Shrew. This Library of Literary Classics edition is bound in padded leather with luxurious gold-stamping on the front and spine, satin ribbon marker and gilded edges. Other titles in this series include: Charlotte & Emily Bronte: The Complete Novels; Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Works; Mark Twain: Selected Works; Charles Dickens: Four Complete Novels; Lewis Carroll: The Complete, Fully Illustrated Works; and Jane Austen: The Complete Novels.

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Gathers all of Shakespeare's plays, sonnets, and poems.

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