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The Tragedies of William Shakespeare (Everyman's Library, #155)

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A vibrant Shakespeare that brings readers closer than ever before possible to Shakespeare's plays as they were first acted. The Norton Shakespeare, Based on the Oxford Edition invites readers to rediscover Shakespearethe working man of the theater, not the universal bard-and to rediscover his plays as scripts to be performed, not works to be immortalized. Combining the fre ...more
Hardcover, 982 pages
Published 1929 by J. M. Dent & Sons
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Alex
Jul 10, 2013 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, shakespeare
I've never been a fan of one volume Shakespeare sets. I used to own the Riverside Shakespeare before we had to part company and, as good as it is, I struggled to sit down with that giant volume and enjoy reading from it. But, who the hell wants to buy each play individually, and which volume to go for? Do you want the ones with the best notes, the clearest notes, the best textual variants or just the clearest page layout. Or fuck it, go for the one with the nicest cover I suppose?

Well, I just st
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Enric Pineda
Oct 20, 2014 Enric Pineda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insignificancias ligeras como el aire son para los celosos confirmaciones tan sólidas como pruebas de la Sagrada Escritura (III,3)
Anne
Genius, obviously. I regret the years I spent thinking he was overrated.

That being said, Timon of Athens is a shitty play.
Mickey
Aug 06, 2007 Mickey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classiclit, plays
Read it for my tragedies course senior year; this was the first time I studied Shakespeare in college and the first time I understood why Bill was a big deal. It's a great collection in general, but, c'mon, it's Shakespeare. What'd you expect? (Classic lit; 1020+ pages)
Jason
Jul 21, 2008 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greenblatt's Norton Shakespeare anthologies are my favorites! Even though you have to get a few books (Unless you get the giant one-volume), his paperback anthologies are very portable and contain great information. Highly recommended.
Sean Endymion
Obviously I didn't read every tragedy Shakespeare wrote, but I have a good enough feel for this collection. The intros and interesting, the glosses are great, and it's not the huge Riverside hulking mass.
Terence Carlisle
Lear, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth...works of art beyond limit or measure. The closest thing we have to secular "sacred texts." No, I'm not exaggerating.
William Herbst
Jun 29, 2012 William Herbst rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
See my notes under Comedies for my thoughts on the series.
Sarah Sommers
Jan 31, 2013 Sarah Sommers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great one from college
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more
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