The Comedies of William Shakespeare (The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written)
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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 Shakespeare—the 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 fr...more
Leather Bound, The 100 Greatest Books Ever Written, 1120 pages
Published 1980 by The Easton Press
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May 14, 2011 D.M. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers of the English language
I'd read a handful of these before, and feel pretty much the same about the ones I'd read as I already did. The only ones I found unpleasant were Much Ado... and The Winter's Tale, both of which I feel like were written by someone else.
Anyway, here's the rundown. Tempest was funnier than I was expecting. Merchant Of Venice still kind of bothers me. As You Like It is clearly a farce, not really my kind of thing but still okay. Taming Of The Shrew is fun, although a little more than offensive to m...more
This anthology has the greatest notes and definitions I've read in editions of Shakespeare's plays. It's one of my treasures in my library. I just re-read Midsummer Night's Dream and even just the feel of the thin pages makes this a special book to have.
JM Blackie
The Norton editions of Shakespeare's play are perhaps the best available, in my opinion. I like this omnibus but the individual volumes travel better.
I took what felt like a long time but I did it! I couldn't have done it without the Notes and Glossary in the back of the book, ok I could have but it would have taken a lot more time to look things up. I thought at first this might have been too much Shakespeare to read at one time. It didn't take me long to realize I actually prefer it. The more I read the easier it got, I was getting more and more familar with the language and writing. I still prefer to watch the plays rather than read them....more
Scott Blade
Bill Shakespeare. Always timeless.
William Herbst
This is currently my favorite edition of Shakespeare's writings. I cannot comment on the editorial choices in presenting the text as I am not at all familiar with the manuscript tradition but the notes are abundant and informative. There is the perfect amount of commentary before each play for my (admittedly casual) taste. I read individual plays and commentaries from this series as the mood strikes me or if I am planning to see a performance. I have not read this series cover to cover.

Still have this one from college :)
Sarah Sommers
Great college course book
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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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